Philippine Airlines to resume select domestic flights on June 3

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 02 2020 12:44 PM

A Philippine Airlines plane is seen above a line-man installing cables at the Skyway stage-3 project. July 23, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Philippine Airlines said domestic flights to select airports would resume ahead of schedule on Wednesday ahead with the approval of the country's pandemic response task force.

The airline will start flying to Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete and Cagayan de Oro on June 3, said PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna. The flag carrier earlier announced a June 8 resumption.

Public transport, including international flights gradually resumed operations Monday, as Metro Manila transitioned to the looser general community quarantine after almost 80 days under an enhanced community quarantine.

International operations resumed on Monday with PAL's Manila to San Francisco flights that carried US nationals, foreign tourists and holders of US permanent visa, Villaluna said. Filipino tourists are still barred from international flights, she said.

The airline advised passengers to arrive at least 4 hours ahead of departure for international flights and 3 ahead for domestic flights to give way to additional health checks. 

Villaluna assured the public that "new normal" flights require "intensive disinfection," social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks and personal protective equipment for its cabin crew.

Testing and quarantine measures for domestic flights will be announced by the country's coronavirus task force, she said.