MANILA—Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said he wants the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to suspend incoming flights from Wuhan city, China to prevent the spread of the new virus apparently originating from that city.
In a letter addressed to CAAP director-general Capt. Jim Sydiongco, Biazon urged the suspension of flights of Royal Air Charter Service and other airlines originating from Wuhan.
"In this regard and in the interest of the safety of our citizens, may I respectfully request that the suspension of these flights of Royal Air Charter Service and all other flights of other airlines coming from Wuhan, China to any part of our country, be considered by the CAAP in consultation with the Department of Health and other concerned agencies," Biazon wrote.
The CAAP said it has already endorsed Biazon's letter to the office of Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla, whose agency has the authority over air carriers operating in the Philippines.
Nine people have died in mainland China while 400 have been affected of the SARS-like virus. Chinese cities Beijing, Shanghai, and Macau have confirmed cases of the virus. Patients who contracted the disease have also been confirmed in the United States, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.