FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) yesterday announced that it will be mounting special flights on February 10, 2020 to assist the passengers who have been stranded as a result of the cancellation of all PAL flights to and from mainland China for the month of February, in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus (nCoV-ARD) situation.
PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna said the special PAL flights serving the Manila-Xiamen and Xiamen-Manila routes will be staffed with pilots and cabin crew who volunteered for the service. The flag carrier plans to use its 199-seater Airbus A321 aircraft for the planned mission.
Villaluna said the inbound flight from Xiamen will enable Filipino citizens and holders of Philippine permanent resident visas to fly back to the Philippines. On the other hand, she said the outbound flight from Manila will allow Chinese and other non-Filipino nationals to return to mainland China via Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, which is a gateway to other points in China.