NAIA Terminal 3 to resume international operations beginning July 8

Marje Pelayo   •   July 6, 2020   •   573

MANILA, Philippines – Starting Wednesday (July 8), international flight operations at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will finally resume, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

NAIA Terminal 3 closed its gates on March 28 in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

MIAA announced that the schedule of international flight operations will resume at 12:01AM on July 8.

Airlines which were temporarily relocated to NAIA Terminal 1 in March will be back in Terminal 3 beginning Wednesday.

Airlines that will resume international flights at NAIA Terminal 3 on Wednesday include Nippon Airways (ANA), AirAsia Berhad (AK), Cathay Pacific (CX), Emirates (EK), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), Qatar Airways (QR), Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Turkish Airlines (TK).

However, international operations of other airline carriers assigned in Terminal 3 namely Cebu Pacific, Delta Air, Qantas Airways, and United Airlines remain suspended to date. 

NAIA Terminal 2 continues to service international arrival flights of Philippine Airlines while the carrier’s international departures operate from NAIA Terminal 1 as of now.

Airlines assigned in NAIA Terminal 1 that shall remain in Terminal 1 include: 

Air China (CA), Air Niugini (PX), Asiana Airlines (OZ), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern (MU), China Southern (CZ), Etihad Airways (EY), Eva Air (BR), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Gulf Air (GF), Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines (JL), Jeju Air (7C), Jetstar Asia (3K, )Jetstar Japan (GK), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Malaysian Airlines (MH), Oman Air (WY), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Saudia Airlines (SV), Scoot (TR), Thai Airways (TG) and Xiamen Air. 

Foreign carriers serving repatriation flights shall also continue. 

NAIA Terminal 4 shall remain closed until further notice.

On current domestic operations, Cebu Pacific (5J), Cebgo (DG), Philippines Air Asia (Z2) and Air Swift flights operate to and from NAIA Terminal 3.

Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines (PR) and PAL Express (2P) operate to and from NAIA Terminal 2. 

These airlines also operate sweeper flights.

MIAA advised the public to constantly check airline websites for announcements.

MIAA sets up tents for LSIs at NAIA Terminal 3

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has set up makeshift tents at the social hall of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to provide comfort and convenience to locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) currently lodged at the airport waiting for their flights.

The 28 tents are the initial set from 100 tents that MIAA plans to set up for LSIs at the airport under the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Additional tents are expected to be established soon.

Apart from temporary shelters, MIAA also provided a dedicated shower area at the airport’s parking lot, for the exclusive use of LSIs.

PAL announces plans to partially resume flights in May

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Airlines announced on Tuesday (April 7) its plans of partial resumption of selected international and domestic flights in the coming weeks.

The country’s flag carrier clarified, however, that the plans may change depending on how the situation develops in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak which includes the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), travel bans and restrictions imposed by other countries and the overall public health and safety situation in each of the cities and countries that PAL operates in.

PAL also said it will not operate international flights from April 15 to 30 although it is considering making ad hoc special flights for stranded passengers and essential cargoes across the country and within the Asia-Pacific region.

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Meanwhile, PAL said it is setting plans to resume a number of weekly flights for the month of May to several destinations including Japan, the USA, Canada, Guam, Australia, the U.K., Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau, Saudi Arabia, and Korea.

Once the details are finalized, the company assured to publish a list of flights in an updated advisory.

On the other hand, PAL maintained that all flights to the following destinations remain canceled for the month of May: Auckland, New York JFK, Dubai, Doha, Perth, Melbourne, Port Moresby, and Sapporo.

As for domestic flights, operations from April 15 to May 31 will depend on the changes with community quarantine restrictions imposed against domestic air travel, PAL said.

We will await the final government decisions, and will announce the list of domestic flights to be operated once finalized,” the airline company said.

“However, in any case, we shall not be operating any flights to and from Clark International Airport for the month of April,” it added.

For guidelines and special reminders, affected passengers are advised to check on PAL official website at www.philippineairlines.com.

Clark International Airport adds more domestic and international flights

admin   •   November 29, 2017

FILE PHOTO: A domestic flight carrier taking off (RYAN MENDOZA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities continue to conduct improvements at the Clark International Airport in Clark Pampanga.

This is to address the fast increase in the number of passengers who want to avoid the expected congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.

One of them is Nelsa Sebastian who has been working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hongkong for nine years now.

Before, Nelsa takes flights at NAIA. However, she now prefers the Clark Airport.

“It’s faster here and more comfortable. Especially at the luggage area. Upon arriving, it’s already here. Unlike at NAIA, you have to wait for several hours. You have to wait about 30 minutes to an hour,” said Sebastian.

An airline company opened on Tuesday a route from Clark Airport to Singapore and vice versa.

Currently, there are 156 international flights and 124 domestic flights at the said airport.

“In the next 2 months, in terms of domestic connectivity, we have nine news destinations and additional to the existing ones” There are more and more passengers using Clark because it’s destination is increasing,” said Clark International Airport Corp. President & CEO Alexander Cauguiran.

Many of the passengers of the Clark International Airport are from Northern and Central Luzon.

Airport authorities designate 15 point-to-point (P2P) buses for Metro Manila residents seeking to book flights at the said airport. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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