Philippines to limit international arrivals at Manila's Airport

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has placed restrictions on the number of travelers arriving at the country's primary international air hub at Manila's Ninoy Aquino Airport for a month.

Passengers in front of flight information display board at Manila's NAIA Terminal 1 (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

From March 18 to April 19, the capacity cap will limit international inbound arriving passengers to 1,500 per day. The new cap will halve the number of international arriving passengers the airport currently serves.

The Philippine government is also temporarily suspending the entry of Foreign Nationals and Returning Overseas Filipinos who are non-OFWs from March 20 through April 19.

Philippine Airlines Flight Cancellations

In response, Philippine Airlines issued its own statement regarding its flight cancellations for flights between March 18-22. The airline also added additional flight cancellations for the rest of the period through April will be announced. The cancelled flights are as follows:

March 18

PR 658/659 - Manila-Dubai-Manila

PR 684/685 - Manila-Doha-Manila

PR 5682/5683 - Manila-Dammam-Manila

PR 116 - Manila-Vancouver

PR 102/103 - Manila-Los Angeles-Manila

March 19

PR 117 - Vancouver-Manila

PR 507/508 - Manila-Singapore-Manila

PR 100/101 - Manila-Honolulu-Manila

PR 102/103 - Manila-Los Angeles-Manila

PR 126 - Manila-New York

PR 300/301 -Manila-Hong Kong-Manila

PR 427/428 -Manila-Tokyo (Narita)-Manila

PR 425/426 - Manila-Fukuoka-Manila

PR 411/412- Manila-Osaka (Kansai)-Manila

March 20

PR 127 -New York-Manila

PR 5682/5683 -Manila-Dammam-Manila

PR 104/105 - Manila-San Francisco-Manila

March 21

PR 427/428 -Manila-Tokyo (Narita)-Manila

PR 535 - Manila-Jakarta

PR 110 - Manila-Guam

March 22

PR 536 - Jakarta-Manila

PR 111 - Guam-Manila

PR 421/422 - Manila-Tokyo (Haneda)-Manila

PR 437/438 - Manila-Nagoya-Manila

Cebu Pacific and Philippines AirAsia

Philippine budget carrier Cebu Pacific will also cancel its flights from Manila to destinations in Japan in compliance with the new directives.

According to a report form the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the airline will cancel flights from Manila to Tokyo-Narita and Nagoya. Regarding the rest of its operations, Cebu Pacific spokesperson Michelle Lim was quoted on the PNA saying “What would be left are (flights to/from) Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Seoul (Incheon).”

Meanwhile, AirAsia's Philippine-based subsidiary Philippines AirAsia currently does not operate any international flights to/from the country.