Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has allowed the resumption of all direct domestic and international flights at the Davao International Airport (DIA).

(Photo Courtesy: Manila Bulletin)

In a statement Thursday, the City Information Office said the resumption – contained in Duterte’s Executive Order 26 issued Wednesday – covers scheduled international flights, unscheduled domestic commercial flights (chartered), and other general aviation flights to and from Davao City.

The DIA reopened in June last year for domestic commercial flights under strict health safety protocols after it was suspended at the height of the pandemic.

According to the CIO, the mayor’s order came after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) DIA sent a letter on May 4 underscoring the need to remove all restrictions on flight operations to allow more economic activities in the civil aviation sector.

In October last year, direct international flights to and from the DIA were allowed as the City Government of Davao welcomed airline companies to reopen their international operations.

With the resumption of flights, Duterte reiterated that a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is still required for all Davao–bound passengers coming from the DIA.

Early this month, Mayor Duterte warned passengers that aside from a criminal offense, presenting a fake RT-PCR will also cost the offender in fines from P 1,000 to P2,000.

The passenger would also be required to get an RT-PCR test at the DIA worth P4,500.

The mayor said would-be violators should also be aware that the inquest bail would cost between P6,000 and P40,000.

As of April 24, at least 79 passengers have been caught presenting falsified reverse RT-PCR test results at the local airport. SOVEREIGNPH

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