Airlines announce new domestic flight schedules for June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — Airline companies announced over the weekend their new domestic flight schedules starting June following the national government's directive to ease community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) said in its advisory that it would reschedule its domestic flights to and from Metro Manila on June 8 after more than two months of suspension.

Its international flights will operate with a reduced capacity starting June 1 with San Francisco, and with select routes to the USA, Canada, Guam, Vietnam, mainnland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Japan, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on the succeeding days.

The flag carrier initially planned to restart domestic flights on limited capacity on June 1.

Cebu Pacific will also start flying passengers to a few destinations within the country beginning June 2, while its international trips will remain suspended until June 30.

Meanwhile, AirAsia will resume its domestic flights on June 3. It said that its services will gradually increase to include international destinations by July 1.

Earlier, General Manager Ed Monreal said in a statement that Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport shall continue serving international flights, while Terminal 2 will be for evacuation and sweeper flights and for domestic flights from PAL. Terminal 3 will be for AirAsia and Cebu Pacific, while Terminal 4 stays closed.

The Civil Aeronautics Board earlier advised flight carriers to cancel their domestic flights on June 1 prior to the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Air carriers previously announced that they are ready for the "new normal" in air travel to curb coronavirus spread in the country.

Passengers are expected to follow enhanced safety measures such as the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, and other protocols at the airport and all throughout their flights.

The country now has 17,224 COVID-19 cases, with its nationwide death toll at 950. A total of 3,808 people have recovered from the disease.