MANILA - AirAsia Philippines said Friday international flights could resume by July, after the loosening of pandemic curb this week allowed the resumption of commercial air travel.
Current operations are focused on the gradual resumption of domestic routes with the first commercial flight from Manila to Cagayan De Oro Friday, AirAsia head of Communications David de Castro said.
"Among all the other airlines na nakabalik na tayo sa ere today at buhay na muli ang ating local aviation industry. Slowly po but surely dadami po ang ating flight," he added.
(We are among those who are back on air today. The local aviation industry is alive again. Slowly but surely, flights will gradually increase.
Public transport is allowed to operate at a limited capacity under the general community quarantine, which took effect from June 1 in Metro Manila and other urban centers.
The capital region was on lockdown or enhanced community quarantine for 11 weeks, one of the world's longest coronavirus quarantines.
Leisure trips are still discouraged, De Castro said. Essential travelers may be required to present a travel pass and medical certificate from their municipal health office as mandated by the country's coronavirus task force.
AirAsia upgraded its self-check in capabilities to limit human contact where passengers can check-in online and scan their QR code in kiosks without touching the machine, De Castro said.