By: AirTravellerPH Staff
In a directive ordered by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte temporarily banning the entry of any person, regardless of nationality (except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine govrnment) directly coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions (SAR), airlines began suspending flights to and from China.
The temporary banning is a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak which have affected 17,387 people worldwide and had caused 362 lives as of this writing.
In a statement, Philippine Airlines (PAL) said that flights between the Philippines and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Guanzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau will be temporarily halted effective immediately until February 29 in compliance with the government's directive.
Cebu Pacific in a statement has announced that it is cancelling its flights to and from Hong Kong and Macau until February 29. The budget airline earlier announced the cancellation of all its mainland China flights, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen until March 29.
Philippines AirAsia yesterday has announced the cancellation of all its flights between the Philippines and China. The airline is temporarily cancelling its flights to and from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau until such notice.
All airlines have provided affected passengers the option to obtain a full refund of their tickets and/or rebook on a different date without any penalties, subject to all terms and conditions. The airlines do also encourage the passengers to check their respective websites and to call the airline for flight status and travel advisories.
Global airlines have began cancelling or reducing their flights to China as a response to stop the spread of the 2019-nCoV which originated from Wuhan, China.