By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has reduced its flights between Manila to China by more than 50% in the wake of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD) outbreak. It is also expected that the airline will be reducing flights further in the coming weeks based on daily assessment of the situation and subject to guidelines and instructions from concerned government offices.
PAL has reduced its roundtrip flights from the Philippines to Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau, and Jinjiang.
However, the airline maintained that it has to maintain a certain number of flights on various Manila - China routes to serve urgent travel needs of passengers. These include many Chinese nationals returning to the mainland after their Lunar New Year holiday and Filipinos returning back to the Philippines from China.
PAL has also waived penalties for refunds, rebooking, and rerouting for travel until June 30, 2020.
To see full listing of cancelled flights and travel advisories, please visit www.philippineairlines.com or visit the Philippine Airlines Facebook page.
Majority of airlines have curtailed their China flight schedules to prevent the further spread of the 2019-nCoV. Around 9,929 people have been diagnosed positive with the virus worldwide. 213 deaths as a result of the 2019-nCoV ARD have been reported.