ACAP to expedite mounting of additional flights for LSIs

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Air Carriers Association of the Philippines (ACAP), comprising of leading carriers Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippines AirAsia, says they are now finding ways to expedite the addition of flights to bring home Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) back to their provinces.

"We are working with the Department of Transportation, the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Manila International Airport Authority and other government agencies to find ways to expedite the mounting of additional flights," ACAP said in a statement on Saturday.

Due to local restrictions that vary from province to province, Philippine carriers are unable to add more flights despite the demand. According to ACAP, it recognizes the concerns of the national and local governments when it comes to the risks posed by the surge of travellers. 

"The situation is very fluid as travel restrictions from the national and LGUs change as they manage the current public health situation. Flights are limited at the moment as airlines comply with these restrictions," it said.

Meanwhile, ACAP reminds passengers to only proceed to the airport "when they have confirmed flights". Passengers with cancelled flights, a different travel date, and no boarding documents will be barred from entry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the interest of safety.

The airlines added: "Passengers are strongly urged to check the email address and mobile numbers provided to the airlines upon booking their flights for any changes to their flight schedules. Those who booked through travel agencies or asked others to book their flights should also check with them for any updates."

Even so, the Philippine carriers have initially restarted limited domestic operations for June with new normal guidelines imposed. Guests are reminded to bring necessary travel documents that may be required by local governments before boarding the flight.

PAL, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia have proactively set up stringent health measures to protect passengers on-board their flights. Among other rules, staff and passengers are also expected to observe physical distancing and the wearing of face masks at all times.

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines - Region VIII, Facebook