PAL cancels remaining international flights, no longer sustainable

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PAL is temporarily suspending flights from March 26 to April 14, it said in a statement (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — Philippine Airlines has announced that it is temporarily suspending remaining flights from March 26 to April 14.

"After careful consideration, we concluded that PAL could no longer sustain even a limited number of international flights,” said PAL in a statement on Tuesday.

The carrier cited strict travel restrictions from different countries, “collapse in demand” as well as staffing issues due to the Luzon quarantine.

"Our firm goal is to resume operations starting 15 April 2020, if warranted by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment," it added.

However, it said some scheduled flights to the country on March 26 and March 27 will proceed. These will come from Los Angeles, Tokyo-Narita, Jakarta, New York City-JFK and San Francisco.

The last trip from Manila is flight PR 104. It will leave San Francisco on March 25 at 10:10 p.m..

PAL suspended domestic flight since March 17 when the government limited movement in all of Luzon to contain the coronavirus disease.

The virus has infected 552 people in the country and killed 35 others. On the other hand, 20 people have recovered.