By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Philippine Airlines will be temporarily halting its remaining international scheduled passenger flights starting March 26 up to April 14, 2020 due to various reasons brought by the CoviD-19 pandemic. The airline will be operating its last international flight on March 25 from Manila to San Francisco.
In a statement, the airline said that various reasons has compelled PAL to suspend all its passenger flights namely the strict travel and entry restrictions imposed by more and more countries; the resulting collapse in demand for travel; and the continuing challenges in staffing our Manila airport hub during the ongoing lockdown.
Several international flights will however arrive in Manila on March 26 and 27.
PAL is looking to resume operations on April 15 depending on travel restrictions of the Philippine government and other countries; the travel environment; and the global health conditions.
"We shall now turn our attention to the task of conserving our resources in anticipation of the recovery and caring for the needs of our PAL team members, while we keep our fleet ready for the day that we resume flying. We shall continue to make aircraft and service personnel available for special flights to retrieve stranded passengers as well as cargo flights to keep intact critical supply chains across our islands," the airline also said.
PAL also maintains that it looks after the safety and health of its employees and their respective families. "We are deeply thankful to our PAL employee family for their dedication and courage in the face of these unprecedented challenges, and to all of our service partners and government authorities who are working with us. We will stand together as the world deals with the COVID-19 virus," it said.
Last March 19, budget airline Cebu Pacific has suspended all its passenger flights. However, it continues to operate cargo-only flights.
The CoviD-19 crisis is now considered as the worse event after World War II that has gripped the airline industry causing major global airlines to significantly cut its operating capacity by more than 90% or even totally suspend all flights. Countries began imposing strict travel bans and had closed their respective borders causing a huge drop in air travel demand.