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

Marje Pelayo   •   March 2, 2020   •   1458

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.

Philippines includes China, 4 other countries in travel ban list

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced Tuesday (January 12) that the Philippine government is expanding its travel ban to include China and four other countries amid threats of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) variant.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that apart from China, travelers from Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg and Oman are also not allowed to enter the country starting Wednesday (January 13) to Friday (January 15).

The expansion of travel restriction is part of the country’s measures to prevent the entry of new variants of coronavirus that were initially reported affecting residents in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

With five additional nations on the list, the Philippines so far has banned flights to and from 33 countries.

READ: PH expands entry restrictions, bans travelers from the US effective Jan. 3

However, the government clarified that Filipinos coming from the said countries may be allowed entry subject to a 14-day absolute facility-based quarantine period. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Foreigners from countries with new COVID-19 variant cases won’t be allowed in flights to PH – PAL

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will temporarily stop flying foreigners from countries that are included in the Philippines’ expanded travel ban list which was issued to prevent the entry of a new coronavirus variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom.

In a travel advisory issued on December 29, PAL said it will only allow Filipino citizens to board its flights from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada, South Korea, and Australia.

PAL said the policy will take effect from December 30, 2020 to January 15, 2021 in compliance with the Philippine government’s travel restrictions.

“For flights to the Philippines, we will be unable to accept foreign nationals who originated from, or were in transit via, or had visited the following countries within 14 days prior to their supposed arrival in the Philippines,” the company said.

These countries are Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and United Kingdom.

Filipino citizens, who had visited any of the above countries are allowed to enter the Philippines but will be required to undergo a strict 14-day quarantine period at a designated quarantine facility.

However, passengers who are already in transit and arrive before December 30, 2020, 12:01AM, from the 20 countries / areas listed above, and/or who have been in these areas within 14 days prior to arrival, will be allowed entry but will be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period, even if their mandatory RT-PCR test results are negative.

The latest travel restrictions are mandated by the presidential approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) resolution restricting travel into the Philippines from specified countries, as a protection measure against the new variant of the SARS-COV 2 Virus.

PAL earlier announced the cancellation of flights to and from London until end-February 2021 in view of the tier 4 lockdown of the UK government.

Affected passengers may rebook on the next available flights after the restriction period, with rebooking service fees waived.

“They may also refund the cost of their ticket with refunding service fees waived. A third available option is the conversion of the PAL ticket into a travel voucher for future use,” PAL said.

Philippine Airlines halts Manila-London flights

Robie de Guzman   •   December 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has announced the suspension of its flights to and from London effective December 24, 2020 until the end of February 2021 in compliance with the government’s directive to restrict inbound travel from the United Kingdom.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) earlier issued a resolution banning flights from the UK starting December 24 to December 31 over concerns of a new strain of coronavirus.

Passengers of the cancelled flights may rebook on the next available flights with rebooking service fees waived.

Passengers may also refund the cost of their ticket with refunding service fees waived.

They may also opt to convert their ticket into a travel voucher for future use.

“We are monitoring the situation in the UK. As we keep a close watch on this evolving situation, it is in the best interest of all to suspend flights on the route,” PAL said.

“Appropriate announcements will be made as developments unfold,” it added.

PAL said it supports all measures that seek to curb any potential increase in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season and beyond.

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