LIST: Cancelled PAL flights to and from South Korea for March 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   March 2, 2020   •   1106

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced its list of flight cancellations to and from South Korea for March 2020.

The changes are in line with the latest travel ban imposed by the Philippine government “in the interest of public health and safety” amid the increasing risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

List of cancelled flights:

(From March 2 to March 30)

  • PR 418 Manila – Busan (Mo/Th/Fr)
  • PR 419 Busan – Manila (Mo/Th/Fr)

(From March 1 to March 31)

  • PR 468 Manila – Seoul (daily)
  • PR 469 Seoul – Manila (daily)

(From March 8 to March 29)

  • PR 418 Manila – Busan (We/Su)
  • PR 419 Busan – Manila (We/Su)

(From March 12 to 31)

  • PR 466 Manila – Seoul (only on Mo/Tu/Th/Fr/Sa)
  • PR 467 Seoul – Manila (only on Mo/Tu/Th/Fr/Sa)

Meanwhile, PAL said it will retain a number of flights to and from Seoul and Busan to serve travelers not covered by the travel ban.

Thus, operations of the following flights will push through:

  • March 1 to 11 — PR 466/467 Manila – Seoul – Manila (daily)
  • March 12 to 31 — PR 466/467 (We/Su only)
  • March 1 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 3 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 7 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila
  • March 8 to 28 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila (Tu/Sa only)
  • March 29 to 31 — PR 418/419 Manila – Busan – Manila

PAL clarified that passengers of cancelled flights and holders of confirmed tickets but not allowed to travel due to the travel ban may request for rebooking/rerouting or refunding of the confirmed tickets on or before March 28.

They may choose a new travel date on or before June 30.

Passengers affected by the changes in operations may reach the airline through PAL Reservations Hotline (+63 2) 8855 8888, or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or log on to the ManageMyBookingPortal at www.philippineairlines.com for flight rebooking.

PH returns last batch of hazardous waste to South Korea

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The remaining shipment containing 6,000 metric tons of household hazardous waste was finally sent back to South Korea from the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment, comprised of 80 containers and loaded on MV Mahia, was re-exported to its origin in Pyeongtaek City on August 4.

There-exportation of the wastes resumed on Tuesday after being halted for some time due to the restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it added.

The re-exportation of 251 containers of wastes from South Korea was initiated by the BOC in January but got delayed due to the pandemic, and the failure of the consignee to secure prior import permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The bureau said that waste shipments arrived in the country in 2018 at the Port of Cagayan on two separate occasions. It was consigned to Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corporation.

The shipments were both declared plastic synthetic flakes but an inspection conducted by the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau revealed that these contained household hazardous wastes.

The bureau ordered the immediate return of the shipments pursuant to Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act, and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their disposal.

PAL cancels regular scheduled domestic flights from Aug. 4 to 18

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — In line with the government-imposed modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) cancelled all its regular scheduled domestic flights to and from Manila from August 4 to 18.

Meanwhile, all domestic flights between Clark, Cebu, Davao and cities other than Manila are not affected and shall remain operational, according to PAL.

International flights to and from Manila shall continue to operate, subject to further guidelines from the authorities in line with quarantine capacity and related arrangements.

Passengers of affected flights have the  options to rebook, refund or convert their ticket into a travel voucher, PAL said.

“We seek the understanding and full cooperation of our passengers as we make these necessary changes to comply with the government directives, and above all to support public safety,” the company asked its clients.

For updates and inquiries, PAL encourages its clients to visit its website at www.philippineairlines.com.  

Pyongyang disinfects the city after North Korea introduced tougher curbs against coronavirus

UNTV News   •   July 29, 2020

North Korea’s state-run television on Tuesday (July 28) released a video of Pyongyang workers disinfecting the city as the state introduced tougher curbs against the coronavirus, after it locked down the town Kaesong, on the border with the South, to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed infection.

Strict quarantine measures and the screening of districts were in progress and test kits, protective clothing and medical equipment were being supplied, the North’s KCNA state news agency said.

The measures come after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency on Sunday (July 26) after a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned across the highly fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) to Kaesong this month with symptoms of COVID-19, KCNA reported.

Reclusive North Korea had reported testing 1,211 people for the virus as of July 16 with all returning negative results, the World Health Organisation said in a statement sent to Reuters. The report said 696 nationals were under quarantine. (Reuters)

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