By: AirTravellerPH Staff
In separate statements, local airlines Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific have announced the reduction of China flights beginning February. PAL has also announced the suspension of all its chartered flights from Kalibo to Nanjing, Hangzhou, and and Shanghai Pudong. This comes in the wake of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ADF) outbreak which began in Wuhan, China.
In its statement, PAL has announced the beginning February 1st, the airline will be reducing its services to mainland China by more than 50%. This is on top of the suspension of its chartered flights from Kalibo to China. PAL will also further reduce its China flights in the coming weeks based on the daily assessment of the situation, and subjected to instructions and guidelines from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Department of Health (DOH), and other concerned agencies.
Cebu Pacific has also announced the reduction of flights between the Philippines and mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau beginning February 3. No exact flight details have been provided as of the moment.
Both airlines will announce adjusted flight schedules later on.
More airlines around the world are either reducing or suspending their flight schedules to China as a response to curb the spread of the 2019-nCoV ARD. As of today, there are 9,821 people infected worldwide and 213 deaths.