Cebu Pac issues cancellation of flights to Cebu

Maris Federez   •   March 15, 2020   •   520

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced on Sunday (March 15) the cancellation advisory that Cebu Pacific Air has issued covering selected domestic flights from March 15 to April 13, 2020.

On its Facebook post, the MIAA said the cancellation is in line with the directives from the Provincial Government of Cebu prohibiting the entry of passengers into the province via air from Clark, Legazpi, Dumaguete, and Cagayan de Oro.

The cancellation covers the following flights:

  • 5J 607      Clark-Cebu
  • 5J 157      Clark-Cebu
  • 5J 609      Clark-Cebu
  • 5J 204      Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Cebu
  • DG 6516  Dumaguete-Cebu

The advisory also said that passengers on canceled flights may choose from any of the following options:

  • Rebook the flight, with change fees and fare difference waived. 
  • Store the full value of the ticket in a Travel Fund. This is valid for 180 days and can be used to book any Cebu Pacific flight within the next 12 months
  • Get a full refund. The refund will be according to the mode of payment. If paid in cash, the refund must be claimed at designated Cebu Pacific ticket offices. If payment was made through debit or credit card, please allow two (2) billing cycles for the refund to be credited into the account. — /mbmf

MIAA sets up tents for LSIs at NAIA Terminal 3

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has set up makeshift tents at the social hall of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to provide comfort and convenience to locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) currently lodged at the airport waiting for their flights.

The 28 tents are the initial set from 100 tents that MIAA plans to set up for LSIs at the airport under the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Additional tents are expected to be established soon.

Apart from temporary shelters, MIAA also provided a dedicated shower area at the airport’s parking lot, for the exclusive use of LSIs.

NAIA Terminal 3 prepares as international flights resume on Wednesday

Maris Federez   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 confirms its readiness for the resumption of international flights on Wednesday (July 8).

The resumption of international flight operations, however, will still be at limited capacity in compliance with the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on the allowable number of passenger arrivals.

The IATF-MEID directive said the total number of arriving passengers on international flights must not go beyond 2,400 per day.

Half of this number is allotted to repatriated Filipinos, while the rest are for passengers from commercial flights.

Airport authorities said operations at Terminal 1 are once again transferred to Terminal 3 as the volume of passengers in international commercial flights continues to increase due to the easing of travel restrictions of other countries.

As part of the preparations, Manila International Airport (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal personally inspected the terminal 3 to check if the additional chairs to be placed near the check in counters at the departure area are complete.

Health and safety protocols, such as wearing of face masks and physical distancing inside the airport are still strictly implemented. —(from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

MIAA asks locally stranded individuals not to proceed to NAIA without confirmed flights

Marje Pelayo   •   June 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority on Thursday (June 4) appealed to locally stranded individuals returning to their respective provinces, not to proceed to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) unless they have confirmed flights.

In an advisory, General Manager Ed Monreal noted the overwhelming number of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who came in groups at NAIA on Tuesday. The group later revealed that their alleged leader told them to proceed to Terminal 2 because a flight was on standby to bring them home to various parts of Visayas and Mindanao. 

The group refused to leave the terminal saying they will just wait for a flight whenever it becomes available.

During their stay, they were provided with meals from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration as well as Malasakit kits from MIAA.

Monreal expressed concern over their situation as their prolonged stay outside the airport building poses risk to their health.

He appealed to all LSIs to make sure they have confirmed booking and valid tickets before proceeding to the airport to avoid going through the same experience.

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