By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Philippine-based carriers Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippines AirAsia have announced the cancellation of their respective flights to Taiwan in response to a directive from the Philippine government extending the travel ban to Taiwan amid the threat of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced the immediate cancelling of its Manila to Taipei flights PR890 and 894; and Taipei to Manila flights PR891 and 895. The duration of the suspension is indefinite.
In an advisory, PAL has waived refund fees for all affected passengers. Once travel ban is lifted, passengers may rebook, reroute, or refund ticket within ticket's validity period, with rebooking, rerouting or refund fees waived.
Budget carrier Cebu Pacific and Philippines AirAsia have announced the immediate cancellations of their Philippines to Taiwan flights. Cebu Pacific has cancelled its Manila to Taiwan flights 5J312 and 310; and Taiwan to Manila flights starting February 12, 5J311 and 313. Affected passengers have the option to rebook their flights to a new flight date (until June 30, 2020), refund tickets in full, or store ticket in a travel fund for future use.
Philippines AirAsia (PAA) has cancelled both flights between Manila - Taipei and Manila - Kaoshiung. In an advisory, PAA is providing its affected passengers with the option to move flight to a new travel date on the same route within 30 days beginning March 29 from original flight time without additional cost, obtain a full refund for the amount equivalent to your booking, and retain the value of your fare in your AirAsia BIG Loyalty account for future travel with AirAsia.
The Philippine government's directive bans the entry of any person regardless of nationality (except for Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine government) who comes from mainland China; its Special Administrative Regions Hong Kong and Macau; and Taiwan, or who had been to the aforementioned places within 14 days prior to their arrival to the Philippines.
The directive also bans Filipinos from travelling to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
The travel ban directive is a result of efforts to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus which originated from Wuhan, China.