Royal Air Philippines operates mercy flight to Wuhan

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Philippine-based budget airline, Royal Air Philippines, operated a rescue flight for stranded Filipinos to Wuhan, China, from Clark, Philippines last night amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the region.
MERCY FLIGHT. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Health (DOH), and Royal Air Philippines collaborated in organizing a rescue flight to repatriate Filipinos who wanted to go home from Wuhan, China -- the ground zero of the 2019-nCoV. Photo from DFA.
At around 10:24 pm local time, RP-C9799 departed from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga bound to ground zero. Nearly three hours later, the flight touched down in Wuhan and was greeted with airport personnel wearing biohazard suits.

On-board the mercy flight that arrived earlier this morning were 29 passengers, one infant, and eight Philippine government officials. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Health (DOH), who spearheaded the repatriation of the Filipinos, jointly sent eight personnel to assist in the flight.

According to Royal Air Philippines, the airline sent six crew members, including two pilots, to repatriate the Filipinos in China. The crew and its passengers are subject to a two-week quarantine as they arrive in the Philippines.

The aircraft arrived in Clark, Philippines, at around 6:58 am local time. They were welcomed with authorities, also wearing biohazard suits, and went on inside the assigned shuttle service as they head to the Athlete's Village in New Clark City, where they will spend their 14-day quarantine period.

As of writing, there have been 37,569 confirmed cases and 813 fatalities spread across 28 countries worldwide. In the Philippines, there are currently 267 individuals who are under close investigation by local health authorities for possible infection with the 2019-nCoV.