Philippine Airlines announced May 13 that all domestic and international flights would remain canceled up to May 31, 2020, to comply with the extension of Enhanced Community Quarantine over Metro Manila. The latest PAL flight cancellation advisory involves its hubs in Manila, Clark, and Cebu.
The airline explained that it is working on resuming several domestic flights from its Davao hubs with possible flights to Iloilo, Siargao, and General Santos. It also disclosed that it would continue to operate sweeper and repatriation flights to bring home overseas Filipino workers and Philippine nationals.
In an interview explaining the Philippine Airlines flight cancellations, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna reported that “the airline is evaluating the possibility of flying international routes and domestic routes to and from its Davao hub.”
In a previous advisory, Philippine Airlines was supposed to resume flights this May 16, 2020. It also announced several strict health protocols to be implemented for passengers, crew, aircraft, and facilities.
The advisory announcing the canceled PAL flights can be found here.
Advisory #59: UPDATE as of 13 May 2020, 10:00 PM
To our PAL Passengers:
We confirm that all Philippine Airlines domestic and international flights to and from our hubs in MANILA, CEBU and CLARK will remain cancelled up to May 31, 2020.
We are working on plans to operate a few domestic routes from our Davao hub, possibly to Iloilo, Siargao and General Santos, to help support the economic recovery of Mindanao with the easing of quarantine restrictions there. We are coordinating with concerned government authorities and will announce any flight details once finalized.
The continued pause in our Manila, Cebu and Clark hub operations is in compliance with the Philippine Government’s declaration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine and related local restrictions for the period from May 16 to 31. We are in the process of notifying affected passengers by e-mail (many of you may have already received a notification by now).
If you are booked on a cancelled PAL flight, your current ticket remains valid.
For your options, please see here: https://tinyurl.com/y9vbd98c.
For June 1 onwards:
We plan to operate a reduced number of weekly flights on most domestic routes and on selected international routes by June 1 2020, but this will depend on COVID-19 conditions: community quarantine restrictions, travel bans imposed by various governments and their impact on passenger demand, and above all on the public health and safety situation in each of the countries that PAL serves.
We will announce the list of operating flights and routes for June 2020, once the details are finalized.
Kindly check our website www.philippineairlines.com, or follow our social media accounts, so that you’ll be updated the moment we release advisories on new developments.
PAL will continue to operate occasional special flights to repatriate stranded passengers and to transport urgent cargo such as medical equipment and supplies to help sustain critical supply chains across the Philippines and on selected international routes.
Thank you for your kind cooperation. Rest assured that your health and safety is always our first and most important concern.