With a whopping 539 new COVID-19 positive cases in the country, the economy is determined to save itself with the possible shift to General Community Quarantine by June. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported an almost P1 billion peso loss since March 2020 due to travel restrictions here and abroad in fear of the global pandemic that has been claiming lives everyday.
Come June 1, The Commercial aircraft operating in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are prepared to strictly implement social distancing to all passengers International and domestic airlines as they resume operations.
Commercial flights to return this June
According to Philippine Airlines President and CEO Gilbert Santa Maria, their airlines should be set to operate at between 65 to 75 percent passenger capacity. “We will actually have fewer people on flight, mainly because demand is down and also because we will offer passengers a choice. We will allow them to be socially-distanced on board the aircraft.”
This means that select Airbuses can only accommodate a range of 40 to 50 passengers per flight to observe said guidelines. Moreover, it can be expected that definitely the airlines will hike up their fares to be able to breakeven with the new set ups.
Passengers will have to wear face masks/shields while the cabin crews are to be dressed in complete protection suits at all flights.
Depending on COVID-19 conditions, restrictions, and the travel bans imposed by various governments, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is ready to operate at a reduced number of weekly flights on most domestic routes and selected international routes by June 1, 2020.
Furthermore, MIAA Ed Monreal ordered the closure of NAIA terminals 2, 3, and 4 in order to reduce the workforce of onsite-airport personnel and minimize airport management cost. In fact, he only allowed the use of terminal 1 for sweeper and medical cargo flights.