LIST: Cebu Pacific cancelled flights due to Clark airport closure
MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific on Tuesday released an updated list of its cancelled flights due to the continued closure of Clark International Airport in Pampanga which was damaged by a strong earthquake on Monday.
In an advisory, Cebu Pacific said the following flights were cancelled:
April 23, 2019
• 5J 120 Clark-Hong Kong
• 5J 121 Hong Kong-Clark
• 5J 609 Clark-Cebu
• 5J 608 Cebu-Clark
• 5J 370 Clark-Macau
April 24, 2019
• 5J 371 Macau-Clark
• 5J 607 Clark-Cebu
• 5J 606 Cebu-Clark
• 5J 150 Clark-Hong Kong
• 5J 149 Hong Kong-Clark
• 5J 613 Clark-Bohol (Tagbilaran)
• 5J 614 Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Clark
• 5J 913 Clark-Caticlan (Boracay)
• 5J 914 Caticlan (Boracay)-Clark
• 5J 537 Clark-Singapore
• 5J 538 Singapore-Clark
• 5J 985 Clark-Davao
• 5J 986 Davao-Clark
Cebu Pacific said affected passengers may rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date, free of charge; or re-route to or from Manila for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats.
They may also get a full refund or opt to place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund.
“Affected passengers will be notified via email or text message,” Cebu Pacific said.
Passengers may also manage their own booking by visiting the Cebu Pacific website “manage booking” section.
The airline company also assured their clients to provide updated information through their website and social media accounts.
Authorities earlier said Clark Airport could reopen on Wednesday, April 24. — Robie de Guzman
BI intercepts OFW with fake identity in Clark International Airport
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported an incident involving a Filipino worker who was set to leave for Doha, Qatar using a fake identity.
The BI withheld the victim’s identity in compliance with current anti-trafficking laws.
The BI said the victim attempted to depart via Qatar Airways flight No. QR 931 at the Clark International
Airport on Saturday (July 10) to work as a household service worker (HSW) in Doha, Qatar.
Based on reports from Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) Officers Johnel Badua and Marc Danes Diego, the victim was referred for secondary inspection after noticing inconsistencies in her statements in the initial inspection.
She claimed to be 27 years old but provided numerous inconsistencies in her story when asked for personal details.
She eventually gave her real name and admitted that she is only 24 years old, leading BI officers to suspect that the woman is a victim of human trafficking.
“These human traffickers go as far as providing their victims documents that assume the identity of others. This has to stop, ” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
Morente added that intercepted human trafficking victims are immediately referred to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation of their recruiters, as well as to provide assistance in filing cases against them.
BI intercepts 3 women at Clark Airport for misrepresenting age
PAMPANGA, Philippines — Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) intercepted three women who tried to conceal their age by wearing dark lipstick.
According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the three females who attempted to depart for Doha, Qatar to work as household workers were barred from leaving the country after being caught misrepresenting their age.
All three who hailed from Cotabato were referred by primary inspection officers after they doubted their age.
Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) officer Pedro Reynaldo III in his report said upon inspection, all three claimed to be 28 or 29 years old.
They presented documentation showing their assumed age but during the interview, the three gave inconsistent statements about their personal details.
“The latter confirmed that they misrepresented their age to be able to work as household service workers abroad,” said Morente.
“They admitted that they are only in their early 20s, and were given instructions by their recruiter to wear dark lipstick to make themselves appear older than they really are. They were told by their recruiter not to fall in line with older passengers so as not to stand out, and were instructed to never admit their real age,” said Morente.
The BI chief said such is a clear “case of human trafficking wherein unscrupulous individuals would victimize young women for personal gain.”
The three were referred to the CIA Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for further investigation and assistance in filing charges against their recruiters.
Clark International Airport to open ‘world-class’ passenger T2 in July
MANILA, Philippines — Clark International Airport (CRK) will soon inaugurate its new ‘state-of-the-art’ Terminal 2.
The new facility, which is set to open for domestic operations in July this year, is expected to hold up to 12.2 million passengers. This is triple the number of the terminal’s average capacity prior to the pandemic which is only 4.2 million a year.
Following its opening for domestic operations, the terminal will open its international services in September.
On Tuesday (June 8), Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at CRK in Pampanga.
He was joined by DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan who discussed the terminal’s map route alignment for the North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCREx) project that will connect to the CRK underground station.
Tugade believes the terminal will help boost the country’s economy specifically in the tourism sector as it creates more jobs and other opportunities for Filipinos.
Moreover, Tugade said, the construction project itself generated over 1,600 jobs amid the pandemic. Job opportunities are expected to increase once the new terminal goes fully operational.