MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA will start accepting international flights’ arrival on Monday, May 11. This is according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in a notice to airmen released Saturday.
This marks the cease of the suspension that the government placed on international arrivals. The said arrival ban started last May 3 and was intended to decrease the overall transmission of the COVID-19.
With their resumption, the NOTAM stated that arrival flights are scheduled every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Meanwhile, even though the airways are back on track, there are still restrictions that airlines have to abide to. All of them have to secure permits from the CAAP 48 hours before their scheduled departure from their origin. This will allow the airport management to schedule slots to follow the 400 passengers limit.
On the other hand, there are only two days of the week allotted for inbound chartered flights. These international flights are set to land in NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays only. Just like other flights, they are also required to secure permits from the CAAP and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Other related operations
Despite numerous restrictions stipulated, the CAAP has ensured that essential activities remain unrestricted even at this time. Some of which are en route flights with emergencies, ferry or cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supply flights.
Other essential state flights like military flights, maintenance flights and weather mitigation flights are also exempted.
Last May 3, the government decided to ban all forms of air travel to and from the Philippines. This was to mitigate the transmission of the deadly novel coronavirus.
The said flight suspension came under the order of Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force COVID-19.
As of May 8 (4 pm) the current tally on COVID-19 is 10,463 confirmed cases, 696 deaths, and 1,734 recoveries.