MANILA – There were only four airlines scheduled to fly to/from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday, or equivalent to eight commercial flights, data from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) showed.

Carriers Hong Kong Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, and Korean Air (KE) are set to mount one roundtrip flights each between Manila and Hong Kong, Bahrain, Doha, and Incheon, respectively.

NAIA had an average of 760 daily flights in 2019, and an average of 774 flights in January 2020.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, however, significantly affected the aviation industry, causing airlines to either decrease or temporarily halt flight operations.

Covid-19 concerns, travel restrictions imposed by various governments globally, and the ongoing Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine prompted local carriers to temporarily halt international operations, Philippine Airlines (PAL) spokesperson Cielo Villaluna earlier said.

Lisa Katharine Witter from KE Global Communications Team said the carrier’s daily Manila flights will continue. (PNA)

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