National flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, announced Friday night it will gradually resume operations to select international and domestic destinations beginning Monday, June 1.
Finally, after several setbacks, PAL will now be able to resume air links to key domestic and international destinations. For the month of June, the air carrier plans to initially operate 21 international and 24 domestic routes.
According to PAL, the airline will continue to evaluate if it may be feasible to fly to Sydney and London for June 2020. However, the company stressed some Australian and Asian destinations will still be suspended until further notice.
"We plan to increase the number of routes and flights in the coming months, if allowed by aviation authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment," PAL said.
This, after the Philippine government is set to downgrade Manila's status to general community quarantine (GCQ) on the same day. For places under GCQ, public transportation, including air travel, will now be allowed for essential, not leisure, purposes.
Meanwhile, PAL reassures its passengers that safety and security are utmost aboard their aircraft. The company now requires passengers to wear face masks at all times and to observe physical distancing at the airport and throughout the flight.
PAL said: "Our cabin crew would have undergone rapid antibody testing prior to the flight, and will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your protection on board the flight. A modified meal and snack service will be offered on board, using sealed packaging instead of traditional meals."
"Don’t worry about the cabin air --- all PAL aircraft are equipped with high-technology systems that continuously infuse fresh air across the cabin (cabin air is replaced every 2 to 3 minutes), as well as HEPA filters that trap viruses, bacteria and other contaminants with 99.9% efficiency. The onboard air creates a cleaner environment that is safer than most enclosed public spaces and comparable to hospital operating rooms."