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Local airlines told to cancel flights on June 1 just a few days before resumption

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) told local airlines were told to cancel their scheduled flights on June 1, a news report from CNN Philippines said. This comes after Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific have announced the resumption of their flights starting June 1.


The Philippine government has announced that Metro Manila will move into a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status beginning June 1.

According to the report, the CAB said that the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) in charge of addressing the CoviD-19 crisis in the country still has to approve the domestic routes. “Consequently, airlines are hereby advised to cancel their flights on June 1, 2020 and to stop selling tickets for the said date,” the board said in a statement.

Airlines however have been working closely with the government agencies prior to announcing their schedules.

PAL has already provided a schedule of both its domestic and international flights starting June 1 which include flights from Manila San Francisco which starts on June 1 itself. 

Cebu Pacific has also announced that it is resuming domestic flights on June 2


No coordination between government agencies

Netizens came to react saying that the government agencies should get their acts straight and that there is poor coordination between each. Airlines have been consistently saying that all their actions and decisions are done in close coordination with the government, so it is indeed strange as to why the CAB decided to tell airlines to cancel flights and to seek approval from the IATF for the domestic routes.

Airlines have been 'bleeding' and they have been looking forward to resume passenger flights. The resumption are contingent to factors like government imposed travel restrictions, air travel demand, and health conditions at a certain destination.

Why last minute?

If the CNN report is accurate, then why were the airlines told to hold their flights down at the last minute just when even passengers may have already booked flights? Even the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has released its plans on the resumption of flights.

Was there poor coordination between government agencies? Share us what you think.


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  1. Poor coordination and poor leadership. I have been stranded in Mindanao and not once have I been contacted by ANY government agency regarding my welfare and how to get home. I had to do everything myself. When I went to the DOT to follow up my travel pass, they returned all my certificates (which was a task to obtain in itself with lack of transportation and location) and told me that I would need to go back to the LGU. My flight was in the next few days and they did not even have the decency to tell me I would need to go through the steps all over again with the new process with ANOTHER government office. This reset my processing time and now I have to wait 10 MORE DAYS on top of the days that I have been stranded to get a travel pass before I can book a flight home. I can only imagine the plight of other individuals who have no income, no transportation, and no home in an unfamiliar place. Horrible experience.

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