By: AirTravellerPH Staff
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has tightened its watch and safety measures versus the Wuhan coronavirus threat. This comes after Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Art Tugade has ordered full vigilance on all ports of entry both for the aviation and martime industry amidst the coronavirus threat in the country.
CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco said that they are continuously coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and Bureau of Quarantine to aid in securing airports and in closely monitoring arriving passengers, particularly in Kalibo International Airport which has direct flights from Wuhan, China.
Royal Air, which operates direct flights from Kalibo to Wuhan and back, has manifested its intentions to suspend Wuhan flights until the coronavirus threat has been contained and been placed under control. China ordered Wuhan into full lockdown to contain the coronavirus threat, which means all access in and out the city which includes the airport have been bared.
The CAAP has also reactivated its communicable disease preparedness procedures on all airports it operates particularly the international gateways like Puerto Princesa, General Santos, Zamboanga, Davao, Kalibo, Laoag, and Iloilo.
Airport personnel and staff were also mandated to exercise extreme vigilance in handling arriving passengers to strictly monitor those who are possible infected by the virus. Airport frontline personnel were also adviced to maintain proper handwashing and to follow precautionary measures like wearing face masks and regular handwashing.
Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said that they are working closely with the Bureau of Quarantine in support of their safety protocols.
Public advisories informing about coronavirus infections are being posted and the strict monitoring of passengers are being enforced.