• Melo Acuna

PAL suspends international flights

Philippine Air Lines to cease international operations until April 14

MANILA – With the COVID-19’s impact on the economy, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) temporarily suspended its international flights effective tomorrow, March 26 until Tuesday, April 14.

PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the government lifted the suspension of international flights with limited flights due to travel restrictions of specific countries and the expected reduction of passenger demand.

She added with the reduced flights, PAL observed a substantial number of no-show passengers for outbound and inbound flights.

“This lowered passenger demand for travel within this period makes it necessary to temporarily suspend flights,” the government’s Philippine News Agency quoted Villaluna.

In an advisory, PAL announced that some flights would continue to arrive in Manila from Los Angeles, Narita, and Jakarta on march 26 and from New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on March 27.

She added they hope to resume operations beginning April 15 if needed by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment.

Last Tuesday, March 17, PAL stopped its domestic flight operations when the entire Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly virus. (Melo M. Acuña)

View of Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board a Philippine Airlines flight to Ha Noi recently. (Melo M. Acuna)

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