Twenty nine local airports now operational, twenty still remain closed

A total of 29 airports in the Philippines are now accepting commercial flights will 20 others still remain closed, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as of July 5.

However, last July 4, 30 airports were open while 19 remain closed.

While more airports are already opening, the number of those accepting commercial flights are inconsistent, resulting to the sudden cancellation of flights.

Airline schedule still subject to change

While more local airports begin to open, airlines still indicate on their flight schedules that everything is subject to change contingent on local government unit's (LGU) decisions whether their airport will accept flights or not. 

However, these sudden change in decisions by the LGU has caused so much sudden flight cancellations and disruptions affecting both locally stranded individuals (LSI) who wish to return to their home provinces, and the airlines.

15% capacity

Airlines are currently operating on a maximum of 15% of its total capacity after commercial flights have been allowed to resume. This means that they have an over capacity of 85% in which they can accommodate LSIs to be flown home to their provinces. 

Hindering airlines to increase capacity however are the lack of airport testing biosecurity facilities and the flip-flopping decisions of the LGUs whether to keep airport open or not.

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