Philippine Airlines seeks to resume its flights after Philippine President Rodrigo announced that Metro Manila will be placed under general community quarantine begnning on Monday, June 1. | Inquirer.net photo

NATIONAL carrier Philippine Airlines is finalizing plans for June flights, after President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will be transitioning to a more relaxed general community quarantine starting on June 1.

“Philippine Airlines welcomes the opportunity to resume regular commercial operations following the Philippine government decision to upgrade certain areas of the country, including the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status starting June 1,” said PAL in its advisory dated Thursday, May 28.

PAL previously canceled its domestic flights to and from airport hubs in Manila, Clark and Cebu until May 31.

The continued pause in its Manila, Cebu and Clark hub operations is in compliance with the Philippine government’s declaration of the modified enhanced community quarantine and related local restrictions for the period from May 16 to 31.

On Thursday night, Duterte placed Metro Manila, Davao City, Region II, Region III, Region IVA, Pangasinan, and Albay under the GCQ starting next week.

The rest of the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine.
“PAL is closely coordinating with local and national government authorities on the necessary implementing rules and arrangements to finalize our routes and flight schedules,” the carrier said.

“We intend to start with limited flights on selected routes. As soon as these are finalized, we shall inform the public of the flights and routes we shall operate,” PAL added.

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