23 airports reopen for commercial flights

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released a list of operational airports as of Sunday, June 14, 2020. The record sees 23 domestic and international airports across the Philippines now opening its doors for commercial flights.

Based on CAAP's data, major international airports, such as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Davao International Airport, and Clark International Airport, have already reopened. These airports are the most important gateways to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

CAAP has also confirmed the reopening of airports in Naga, Zamboanga, Cotabato, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Legazpi, Cauayan, Romblon, among others.

Meanwhile, nine more airports will be opened gradually, starting mid-June. Catarman and Iloilo's airports are scheduled to begin on June 16; Basco, Virac, Butuan, San Vicente, Busuanga on July 1; Surigao Airport in August; and Siargao Airport on September 1.

However, 17 airports are still closed for operations: Dumaguete, Maasin, Hilongos, Guiuan, Sanga-Sanga, Ozamiz, Bohol-Panglao, San Jose, Marinduque, Bacolod-Silay, Kalibo, Roxas, Caticlan, Calbayog, Laoag, Tuguegarao, and Camiguin.

Although airports are already slowly restarting operations, CAAP said these airports "are subject to different documentary and passenger LGU restrictions." Given the fluidity of the situation, these airports' statuses might still be affected in the coming days.

Photo by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Area VIII, Facebook