252 seafarers return home via PAL flight to the Caribbean

Aviation Updates Philippines – Flight PR-8116, a Philippine Airlines Airbus A350 flight, is currently heading to Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados to bring home 252 seafarers of various nationalities from the Royal Caribbean of the Sea Cruise Line (RCCL).

According to PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna, the special flight departed from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 on Wednesday night. Before it proceeded to the Caribbean, the flight had a crew change and a technical stop in Vancouver, Canada.

As of writing, RP-C3501, the aircraft in use, is en-route to Bridgetown. After an eight-hour journey, the seafarers are expected to arrive in the island country at 8:44 am local time. From there, the passengers will proceed to their respective countries in the Americas.

The repatriation flight to Barbados is only one of many special missions undertaken by PAL to repatriate Filipinos and foreign nationals to and from abroad. Just earlier, a PAL flight from Miami arrived in Manila carrying 345 Filipino nationals also from RCCL.

"Since the start of the enhanced community quarantine period, PAL has been carrying out sweeper flights and international special flights to ferry the stranded home, in coordination with foreign embassies and shipping lines," Cielo Villaluna said.

Albeit being a repatriation flight, PAL recently sent off its farthest non-stop flight from Manila to Miami on Tuesday — roughly 9,314 miles in distance, based on the Great Circle Mapper. This was another milestone for the flag carrier since it was the first-ever non-stop flight between the two cities.

PAL A350 aircraft

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