Due to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in the northern Philippine island of Luzon, operations of the Philippine-based airlines will remain suspended until April 30.
The three Philippine-based carriers have suspended their flights since early March when the Philippine government imposed restrictions on domestic flights to/from their hub in Manila. Each of the airlines have sought funding from the Philippine government amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna mentioned that once the suspensions are lifted, the airline will be operating at a reduced schedule. Cielo was quoted saying “(t)he plan is for PAL operations to partially resume after quarantine is lifted.”
We will announce details on the start date and which flights will resume in due course,” she added.
In its own statement, the Philippine subsidiary of Malaysia-based AirAsia Group Philippines AirAsia announced that customers whose travel plans have been affected are being notified through email or text message.
“AirAsia is making provisions for guests affected by the flight cancellations and travel restrictions following the Philippine government’s latest directive,” AirAsia said. “While guests may request for a full refund, those with existing flight bookings made on or before 22 March 2020 with a departure date until 31 May 2020 will now be able to select from a range of extended flexibility options for future travel.”
Philippine Airlines Rescue Flights/Recovery Plans
While domestic flights have been suspended, Philippine Airlines has conducted limited flights for stranded passengers and cargo flights to help in the efforts to contain the oubtreak.
In a statement on the Philippine Airline website, the Philippine flag carrier will resume limited operations to Japan, the USA, Canada, Guam, Australia, the U.K., Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau, Saudi Arabia and Korea.
The airline also mentioned some destinations that will not see service during the month of May should services be allowed to be resumed. Those destinations include: Auckland, New York JFK, Dubai, Doha, Perth, Melbourne, Port Moresby, and Sapporo. All flights on these routes have been cancelled for the month of May.