Airlines cancel flights after Manila lockdown extension – Business Traveller


A number of carriers operating in the Philippines have cancelled flights after the Philippine government extended its lockdown of Manila, as well as other regions in the country, until May 15.

Airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia have adjusted their schedules in response to the lockdown extension.

Philippine Airlines, the flag carrier of the Philippines, said it will suspend all domestic and international flights until May 15.

“The continued pause in our operations is in compliance with the Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine, which has been further extended by the Philippine Government until May 15th.  We are in the process of notifying affected passengers by e-mail (many of you may have already received a notification by now),” the carrier said on its website.

Philippine Airlines said it is planning on flying a reduced number of weekly flights on most domestic routes and on selected international routes on May 16 only “if warranted by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment”. The carried added that it will announce the list of operating flights and routes once the details are finalised, but it is also cautioning passengers that the plans are “highly subject to change” depending on the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Cebu Pacific, another airline based in the Philippines, confirmed on its website that all of its domestic and international flights will remain cancelled  until May 15 due to the lockdown. The low-cost carrier initially suspended all flights on March 17 over the coronavirus crisis.

“We will provide updates on when we will restart passenger operations as soon as possible,” Cebu Pacific said on its website.

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