Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

By the Staff

MANILA – Inbound flights will again be allowed at the country’s main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting Monday, May 11, 2020.

This was announced by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) via a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Saturday, May 9, ending a weeklong suspension of international arrivals that started on Sunday, May 3, imposed by the government.

The initiative was intended to help stem the tide and transmissions of the novel coronavirus in PH.

Along with the NOTAM was schedules of international commercial flights (ICFs) that may land at NAIA.

It said that ICFs are allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Airlines were also advised to secure approval from CAAP within 48 hours before their scheduled departure from their airport of origin.

According to CAAP, this is to enable NAIA to assign schedule flights of airlines and chart the limit of 400 passengers per day as a precaution against the pandemic.

Mondays and Thursdays were not included in the schedule of ICFs as these were reserved for inbound chartered flights but they, too, must secure approval from the CAAP to service slotting, as well as from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The said restrictions are to last for about one month (from May 11 to June 12) and they only apply to NAIA. Other international airports in the country are to set their own restrictions.

The CAAP also said that the NOTAM do not cover en route flights with emergencies, ferry or cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supply flights, government or military flights, maintenance flights, and weather mitigation flights.

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines already reached 10,463 with 696 deaths and 1,734 recoveries as of Friday (08 May 2020). (ia/

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