MANILA/TOKYO – Philippine Airlines, Asia's first airline and the country's flag carrier, on Wednesday said it plans to resume passenger flights, which is currently under hiatus due to travel curbs imposed by the government in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, by June 1.
In an official statement, PAL said that it is expecting to operate a reduced number of weekly flights on its domestic and international routes.
"This will depend on COVID-19 conditions: community quarantine restrictions, travel bans imposed by various governments and their impact on passenger demand, and above all on the public health and safety situation in each of the countries that PAL serves," the airlines said.
"We will announce the list of operating flights and routes for June 2020 once the details are finalized," it added.
PAL domestic and international flights to and from Manila, Cebu and Clark remain cancelled until May 31 following government's declaration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine and related local restrictions.
However, the flag carrier is evaluating the possibility of flying domestic routes from its Davao hub, possibly to Iloilo, Siargao and General Santos "to help support the economic recovery of Mindanao with the easing of quarantine restrictions there."
PAL assured its passengers booked on a cancelled flight that their "current ticket remains valid." - Florenda Corpuz
(Photograph courtesy of Philippine Airlines)