MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) Flight 113 bound for Manila suffered technical failure shortly after take-off from Los Angeles on Thursday (November 21).
Pilots of the Boeing 777 aircraft immediately called for an emergency landing at the Los Angeles International Airport.
In a statement, PAL management confirmed the incident while it assured that all 342 passengers and 18 crew members are safe and were able to disembark from the airplane.
“We greatly appreciate the calmness and patience of our PR113 passengers, who cooperated well with our cabin crew during the flight and the emergency landing,” the airline said.
PAL said the aircraft landed at 12:00 noon local time.
The airline management assured that it is extending all necessary assistance to the affected passengers by rebooking them on alternative flights to Manila, providing meal assistance and hotel accommodation.
“We affirm that safety is our top priority and that Philippine Airlines is fully cooperating with the concerned airport and aviation authorities,” PAL noted.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT), together with several government agencies and various domestic airlines, have joined forces to ferry more than 10,000 foreign tourists from different parts of the country to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport.
This measure is aimed at assisting these foreign tourists who were stranded in the country due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine to be able to go back to their respective countries.
DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this will help lessen the stranded tourists in the various islands in the country.
“The Department of Tourism has been doing everything within its resources to ease the congestion in the different regions by facilitating the movement of foreign tourists stranded in the different islands of the country,” Puyat said in a statement.
Over the weekend, 7,915 tourists were brought to the two airports through the sweeper flights of different domestic airlines, such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Air Swift, as well as chartered flights.
DOT regional offices also assisted the stranded tourists in Luzon via land transport.
The Philippine Coast Guard, on the other hand, helped ferry those in Bohol, Siquijor, Negros, and Cebu through inter-island vessels.
Shuttle services and hotel accommodations were arranged for several stranded tourists who were also given free foods and hygienic items while waiting for their flights at the NAIA.
Other sweeper flights were also used for those in Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cagayan de Oro.
Three more sweeper flights are also being prepared for the others in Davao and Puerto Princesa to be transported on Thursday (March 26).
Two sweeper flights are also scheduled for tourists on Boracay island for transportation on Thursday, and four more over the weekend. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
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.
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines is streamlining its business as it implements “voluntary separation” and retrenchment of some 300 ground-based employees and management staff.
This comes after the country’s flag carrier incurred losses in 2019 and the current travel restrictions and flight suspensions to several areas affected by COVID-19 outbreak.
PAL said that the program covers voluntary separation initiative for long-serving employees and a retrenchment process that pared off about 300 ground-based administrative and management personnel from its workforce, effective February 28.
In a statement released on Friday, PAL said that all of them “will receive appropriate separation benefits, additional trip pass privileges, and assistance in the form of career counseling and outplacement support.”
The airline further said that it has also optimized its route network and offered ancillary products in a bid to raise revenues, and take on “more aggressive” efforts to reduce operational costs to raise additional revenues.
The country’s biggest flag carrier also said that it increased its authorized capital stock from P13 Billion up to P30 Billion, as part of its transformation to sustainable profitability and higher competitiveness this February as it resets its targets and aimed to be more profitable for the rest of 2020.
While campaigning its plans for the whole year, PAL said the company continues on managing the risks related to the COVID-19 situation as its part in promoting public health and safety.
PAL brought home the 445 Filipino crewmembers and tourists of the corona virus-contaminated cruise ship Diamond Princess of the Sea from Japan to Manila this week. The airline also carried out repatriation flights from Wuhan City, China. — /mbmf
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