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No one can ever question PAL's dedication in serving the Filipino during this pandemic

"FEARLESS" is the best word to describe them. Amidst a raging pandemic, the Philippines has an airline that continues to serve the Filipino people, pushing beyond the limits of its network, and doing all it can.

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It's not as easy as you think, and it's not just about getting a government permit and launching flights. To operate during a pandemic like this takes a lot of planning, investment to protect the crew and passengers, and a lot of sacrifice. Moreso, it takes a lot of dedication to push beyond the envelope in order to fly great distances to help bring home Filipinos, bring back stranded foreign nationals, and to fly in essential cargo in the fight versus covid-19.

Just like all other airlines, PAL has been greatly affected and the limited capacity has been hammering their finances to the ground but if you will notice, they continue to fly.

With all that PAL has done for the Philippines, we can never question their why they are the country's airline, showcasing the Filipino bayanihan spirit amidst this crisis. The men and women behind 'the flag' are dedicated to serving the country and humanity, just like a soldier's call to defend a country.

However, they are also fighting for survival. They need the government's support which will prove crucial for this airline's future.

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I would like to share you something written by PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna which she entitled "SERVING AMIDST THE STORM." It speaks so much about how PAL has 'flown' the distance, both literally and figuratively, to help the country in the fight versus Covid-19 by providing a vital air link from the country to the world.

I just hope that the government will see the importance of the airline industry in the country, why they have to be supported. We are not just talking "moral" support but the airline badly needs financial support or a long term credit facility. Governments of other countries have stepped in to help their airlines, so we hope our own government would do the same.

Serving Amidst the Storm
Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson

The challenges are there, but the mindset of the nation's carrier remains focused on SERVING the needs of the season. 

Yes, amidst these turbulent times, PAL remains undaunted, focused on what it can do, will do, must do. Our collective spirit remains strong, hopeful, determined. 

Despite the challenges brought about by this pandemic, PAL has managed to operate (March to July2020) more than 600 international cargo flights and more than 200 repatriation flights.

When the government gave the greenlight to operate regular/ commercial flights in June, PAL was the first Philippine carrier to restore a number of regular weekly commercial flights to the United States, Japan, Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Southeast Asia, greater China on top of domestic services. The resumption of flights has been gradual and calibrated because we had to adjust to the travel restrictions of LGUs and foreign governments. 

Last July 27, PAL made a soft launch of its very own One-Stop-Shop (OSS) center at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to perform the mandatory RT PCR swab testing for returning overseas Filipinos and authorized foreign nationals. 

Officially launched last August 1, the PAL facility at T2 significantly augments the Manila airport’s capacity to screen travelers and process quarantine requirements for passengers who fly into the Philippines’ biggest gateway on PAL flights from North America, the Middle East, Europe, Oceania and all over Asia. 

Accredited by the National Task Force (NTF), the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH), PAL’s One-Stop-Shop is capable of testing 1,200 passengers in a day and producing test results within 48 hours. The new PAL facility operates in tandem with the existing government-run IATF One-Stop-Shop facility that will now exclusively serve arriving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). 

When MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine ) was declared anew on August 4, PAL had to cancel regular domestic flights in and out of Manila, but continued to operate international flights (40 flights weekly from Manila).

Our domestic and international all-cargo flights and domestic sweeper flights continue. 

Philippine Airlines's survival is the goal. Our stakeholders share the same goal. 

Internal cost control measures are being carried out. But govt support is CRUCIAL. 

We look forward to securing support - be it in the form of long term credit facility, or working capital credit lines. 

Just like other heavily impacted industries due to this pandemic, we need a LIFELINE to allow us to sail-through or rather, fly through this difficult period.

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