LIST: Cancelled PAL flights to and from South Korea for March 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   March 2, 2020   •   1807

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced its list of flight cancellations to and from South Korea for March 2020.

The changes are in line with the latest travel ban imposed by the Philippine government “in the interest of public health and safety” amid the increasing risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

List of cancelled flights:

(From March 2 to March 30)

  • PR 418 Manila – Busan (Mo/Th/Fr)
  • PR 419 Busan – Manila (Mo/Th/Fr)

(From March 1 to March 31)

  • PR 468 Manila – Seoul (daily)
  • PR 469 Seoul – Manila (daily)

(From March 8 to March 29)

  • PR 418 Manila – Busan (We/Su)
  • PR 419 Busan – Manila (We/Su)

(From March 12 to 31)

  • PR 466 Manila – Seoul (only on Mo/Tu/Th/Fr/Sa)
  • PR 467 Seoul – Manila (only on Mo/Tu/Th/Fr/Sa)

Meanwhile, PAL said it will retain a number of flights to and from Seoul and Busan to serve travelers not covered by the travel ban.

Thus, operations of the following flights will push through:

  • March 1 to 11 — PR 466/467 Manila – Seoul – Manila (daily)
  • March 12 to 31 — PR 466/467 (We/Su only)
  • March 1 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 3 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 7 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 8 to 28 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila (Tu/Sa only)
  • March 29 to 31 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila

PAL clarified that passengers of cancelled flights and holders of confirmed tickets but not allowed to travel due to the travel ban may request for rebooking/rerouting or refunding of the confirmed tickets on or before March 28.

They may choose a new travel date on or before June 30.

Passengers affected by the changes in operations may reach the airline through PAL Reservations Hotline (+63 2) 8855 8888, or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or log on to the ManageMyBookingPortal at www.philippineairlines.com for flight rebooking.

No layoffs amid filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — PAL

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) assured its employees that no one will be affected by the company’s filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States on Saturday (September 4).

PAL said the current COVID-19 pandemic has been a big blow to the company’s operations.

At present, PAL’s clients have been reduced to 7 million last year compared with 30 million passengers in 2019 before the pandemic and only 21% of its operations are active.

“The reality of the pandemic is still on us, and the only caveat to my statement that we will no longer have additional job cuts is we hope the pandemic does not become worst and that we can actually recover,” said Gilbert Santa Maria, president and CEO of PAL.

PAL said the government’s repatriation program and deliveries of COVID-9 vaccine somehow helped maintain its fleet running.

PAL was able to refund about $4 million from the government as aerodrome fees.

For its part, Malacañang said the government assured assistance to the flag carrier amid its ordeal.

“So na-confirm ko na po na marami na pong mga charges ang winaive ng gobyerno at kasama na po dito iyong mga landing fees at saka iyong mga aerodrome fees,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

PAL said once the US court decides on their application for Chapter 11, the company will immediately file its rehabilitation plan here in the Philippines under Republic Act 10142 or the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA) of 2010.

PAL also assures it will continue its services and clients may still refund their tickets if they wish to. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

‘Business as usual’ as PAL undergoes financial restructuring

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, assures that it will continue to fly and to serve its customers as the company undergoes financial restructuring.

“We will continue to fly and to serve our customers throughout this process:  it is business as usual for us,” PAL said in a statement released on Sunday (Sept. 5).

“PAL continues to increase domestic and international flights as travel demand recovers with the easing of travel restrictions, and we will roll out new products and services that help make flying safer and more convenient,” the statement added.

PAL further assures that its highest priority is the safety and health of its passengers, its employees, and the communities it serves.

“Nothing about that will change as we undergo restructuring,” it said.

On September 3, Philippine Airlines announced the voluntary decision to undergo financial restructuring under the U.S. Chapter 11 process.

Chapter 11 is a globally recognized U.S. legal process that many airlines have used to reinvent themselves into more successful companies.

“This step is part of a set of major agreements PAL has reached with substantially all of our stakeholders, and with one objective:  to build a stronger Philippine Airlines so that we can serve our customers better and continue our mission as a full-service airline and flag carrier of the Philippines,” the airline company said.

The restructuring will enable PAL to emerge with fresh capital, lower debt, and a sturdier financial foundation for the future.

PAL also expressed its gratitude to the public for its support for the company’s recovery and revival.

“After 80 years of flying the Philippine flag, we recognize that our nation will look up to PAL to sustain the links and connections that unite our island country and bring life to our communities and economy,” it said.

“We pledge to work harder to earn your continuing support, to deliver buong pusong alaga (whole-hearted care) and provide a beacon of hope to Filipinos and travelers from all over the world,” it further stated.

WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant called ‘Mu’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant called Mu.

According to the WHO bulletin on Tuesday (August 31), the Mu variant or B.1.621, has been classified as a “variant of interest.”

The variant was first detected in Columbia on January 2021 and was designated as a variant of interest on August 30, 2021.

Preliminary data showed that the Mu variant has the same behavior as the Beta variant. However, the WHO added that the data still needs to be confirmed by further studies.

“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the bulletin said.

There are currently five variants of interests namely Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, and the Mu variant. Variants of interest are defined by the WHO as variants “identified to cause significant community transmission or multiple COVID-19 clusters, in multiple countries with increasing relative prevalence alongside increasing number of cases over time.” AAC

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