By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be mounting a special ferry flight to service stranded passengers brought by the cancellation of PAL flights to and from mainland China for the month of February. This special flight is scheduled on February 10, Monday.
Due to the ongoing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation, government of the Philippines imposed a travel ban of Filipinos to and from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, along with restrictions barring foreign nationals from China from entering the Philippines. Excemptions are those holding Philippine-issued Permanent Resident Visas. Due to this directive,PAL was compelled to suspend its flights to mainland China since February 2.
This special flight will be flying from Manila to Xiamen and back and will be staffed by flight deck and cabin crew who have volunteered for the service. The airline's Airbus A321-200 which can seat 199 passengers will be used for this flight.
The Xiamen to Manila flight will allow Filipino citizens and holders of Philippine permanent resident visas to fly back to the Philippines while the Manila to Xiamen flight will allow Chinese and non-Filipino nationals to return to mainland China.
Manila to Xiamen flight PR 334 departs at 7:30am and arrives Xiamen at 9:55am on February 10. The return flight on the same day PR335 from Xiamen to Manila departs at 11:05am and arrives Manila at 1:50am.
All special flights are subject to final government approvals, including the waiver of the Filipino travel ban for concerned pilots and cabin crew, who will have to submit to home quarantine for 14 days after their return to the Philippines.
At present, 64 PAL flight crew members, all Filipino nationals, are undergoing the mandated 14-day quarantine after their China flights prior to the travel ban.
Attribution: Cielo Villaluna, PAL Spokesperson