The Philippine Airlines (PAL) and AirAsia disclosed that they will be canceling hundreds of domestic flights to and from Manila. The said cancellation will cover March 15 to April 14 to follow the implementation of community quarantine by the president. According to PAL, its flight cancellations of domestic flights will help protect the public from the deadly virus that is now spreading in the country. The community quarantine came after the Philippines is put under the Code Red Sublevel 2. Community transmission is now evident.
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Since the community quarantine will only cover the areas within Metro Manila, both airlines said that the flights not bound for Manila will continue. According to AirAsia, 102 domestic round trip flights will be affected by the said quarantine. PAL, on the other hand, reported that 60 domestic flights will be canceled and affected. Both airlines said that the situation is developing. The public should stay tuned for updates. As of the moment, the official guidelines for the implementation of the flight domestic suspension are yet to be released. If you are a traveler, it’s better to stay tuned for updates.
Don’t worry, the airlines will allow the passengers to rebook their flight tickets. It’s the discretion of the traveler to book a new travel date or request a full refund. The same fare class will be applied. The community quarantine to be implemented on March 15, 2019 covers land, sea, and air domestic travels to and from Metro Manila. The inter-Agency Task Force Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) will be monitoring and assessing the said implementation. Meanwhile, outgoing and ingoing flights from abroad will still be subject to travel restrictions.
The year 2020 has been too hard for us already. Just imagine the first three months of the year and we have already experienced so many calamities and happenings. During 2019, airlines, including PAL and Cebu Pacific were able to recover by cutting their costs and adding flight routes. Because of COVID-19, there will surely be losses during the first months of the year. There is no assurance yet as to when the breakout will stop. What we need to do for now is to pray that our families are safe from the transmission.