Philippines to Allow International Flight Arrivals Starting May 11

MANILA – The Philippines will allow incoming international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) “on assigned days” beginning Monday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said in a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Saturday.

The CAAP Operations Center said “inbound international chartered flights will only be allowed to land on Mondays and Thursdays, provided they secure a clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and CAAP for slotting purposes.”

Meanwhile, “inbound international commercial flights (scheduled) will be allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, provided they secure approval from CAAP 48 hours before the scheduled departure from the airport of origin.” This is to enable NAIA to do the necessary slotting and rescheduling of flights in order to maintain its 400 passengers per day capacity.

According to CAAP, the issued travel restrictions do not include enroute flights experiencing emergency, ferry flights/cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies flights, government/military flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, and outbound ferry flights/cargo flights with passengers.

The restrictions will be implemented for a month until June 10, and is applicable only to NAIA.

On May 3, the Philippine government has temporarily suspended passenger and commercial flights to and from the country to help mitigate the further spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). - Florenda Corpuz

File photo: Din Eugenio (A commercial plane takes off from Narita Airport in Japan on Dec. 6, 2010)