PAL flies 2.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since March

Aviation Updates Philippines – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines on Friday said it has already flown over 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Beijing, China, into the Philippines since March 2021.

Ground crew in Manila unload and disinfect pallets containing COVID-19 vaccines on April 22. Photo from Philippine Airlines.

According to data released by PAL, the flag carrier flew 400,000 donated vaccines on March 24. This was followed by another batch of government-purchased 1-million doses five days later.

For April, PAL transported 500,000 doses on April 11, while another batch were delivered in Manila just yesterday, April 22.

On Thursday, an Airbus A330-300 arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5:16 pm, carrying 500,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China.

These numbers do not wholly include those doses transported to various domestic destinations in the Philippines, in support of the government's massive vaccination campaign against the still-rampant coronavirus.

"We thank the Philippine government for their trust. Our highly-trained on-ground and in-flight teams do their part to ensure the successful transport of these essential goods," said PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna in a Facebook post.