Domestic flights to, from Manila suspended anew

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Philippine Government, under the advisement of the health authorities, has re-implemented the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila for 15 days beginning August 4, canceling all domestic flights until August 18.

For August 3, the Philippines' major airlines, which have just recently increased flights after a shaky restart, have announced it will continue to operate the remaining flights on Monday. The reintroduction of the MECQ has only been announced overnight.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said restrictions on land, sea, and air transportation are set to be implemented at midnight today. For places under the MECQ, no commercial, domestic flights will be allowed, although international and other government-approved flights remain operational.

Philippine Airlines said in a statement: "We are presently coordinating with the government authorities on the guidelines for air travel to and from Manila during the modified quarantine period, and we will make the necessary adjustments to our planned flights in compliance with the final guidelines."

"Rest assured we will update you on any changes. Please continue to check our travel advisories for developments. Thank you for your understanding," the flag carrier added.

On their part, AirAsia said: "We are currently coordinating with aviation authorities on how flights will be affected by the government's latest decision to revert some areas, including NCR, to MECQ until August 18."

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific has confirmed the cancellation of flights to and from Metro Manila between August 4 to August 18. The low-cost airline intends to continue operating only its Cebu-Davao-Cebu and Clark-Cebu-Clark routes for the 15-day period.

Cebu Pacific's international routes: Manila-Dubai-Manila, Manila-Incheon, Tokyo (Narita)-Manila, Osaka-Manila, and Manila-Singapore-Manila, will remain operational. The airline also said it will cancel flights to Taipei, among other unmentioned international destinations.

"CEB will also continue to mount all-cargo flights to ensure transport of essential goods across the country. We will also work with government at the national and local levels to assist stranded passengers," Cebu Pacific said in an advisory.

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