PAL flies remains of 54 OFWs home

Aviation Updates Philippines – Philippine Airlines has once again fulfilled its duty as the national flag carrier when it flew the remains of 54 Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia back in the country on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

"It is an honor for Philippine Airlines to carry our kababayans to their Motherland for the last time," PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.

PAL flight PR-8655 touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 2:33 pm local time from Riyadh. The aircraft made its first stop in Dammam, where 20 caskets were picked up, next in Jeddah with ten caskets, and lastly in Riyadh for 24 more caskets.

The special flight was made possible in collaboration with the Philippine Airlines, Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and the Department of Labor and Employment.

Today's flight was the third chartered flight of the Philippine government to bring home our countrymen. In a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the government flew the remains on the first flight on July 12, while another one was on July 19.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, PAL has mounted special flights, including chartered cargo and repatriation flights, for the Filipino people.

Photo from Cielo Villaluna, Philippine Airlines