Local carriers resume commercial flights

June 01, 2020

After two months of temporarily halting international and domestic operations, local carriers Philippine Airlines  and AirAsia Philippines announced resumption of flight operations on June 1.

This comes after President Duterte eases lockdown, putting the National Capital Region under general community quarantine.

Davao City, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Pangasinan, Albay would also be under GCQ, while a modified GCQ would be implemented in the rest of the country.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the carrier would finalize routes and flight schedules, as it coordinates with local and national authorities regarding rules and arrangements.

AirAsia Philippines, on the other hand, would also coordinate with aviation authorities and local government units to seek guidelines on the opening of domestic airports.

In an advisory, AirAsia Philippines announced its plan to gradually resume commercial operations by June 1.

The government announced it would allow domestic flights between areas under GCQ. It also eyes to expand operations in international gateways such as Clark, Cebu, and Davao.

A "new normal" is expected once flight operations resume. Among these include wearing of face mask when entering the airport facility; undergoing mandatory body temperature check before entering the airport complex; and strict observance of safe physical distancing measures.

Airlines would also require passengers to wear a face mask even when inside the aircraft.