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PAL to increase international flights

Philippine Airlines Airbus A321
File photo: A Philippine Airlines plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 2, in Manila.

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday said it is increasing flights on a number of international and domestic routes this month due to the “recovering demand” as travel restrictions are eased on certain routes.

The airline said authorities currently impose flight arrival restrictions at Manila airport that require airlines to cancel some previously scheduled flights or re-route other flights to Cebu or Clark airports.

Passengers are advised to check regularly for flight schedule updates.

The airline said entry requirements for various countries are constantly being updated. “For more information, please check the government website of your country of destination.” The airline said it is strictly implementing Fly Safe “new normal” practices to protect its passengers, in compliance with international health and safety protocols.

“Please bring your own face masks and face shields and wear them at all times—at the airport and throughout your flight,” PAL said on its website.

“We encourage you to check-in online and arrive early at the airport to allocate extra time for new safety procedures—at least 3 hours prior to departure for domestic flights; and 4 hours prior to departure for international flights.”

PAL said its cabin crew would have undergone medical evaluation prior to their duty, and will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the protection of passengers on board the flight. A modified meal and snack service will be offered on board, using sealed packaging instead of traditional meals.

“All PAL aircraft are equipped with high-technology systems that continuously infuse fresh air across the cabin (cabin air is replaced every 2 to 3 minutes), as well as HEPA filters that trap viruses, bacteria and other contaminants with 99.99 percent efficiency.”

PAL also said all passengers flying to, from, or within the Philippines must download and register through Traze Contact Tracing, a unified and automated contact tracing app, before proceeding to the airport.

“This is a requirement of Philippine government authorities for all international and domestic passengers, whether arriving in or departing from any airport in the Philippines, to enable health authorities to notify travelers who may have had contact with a Covid-19 patient.”

Passengers who do not have mobile phones or any other mobile gadgets may go to the Traze Helpdesk, located near the terminal entrance in all Philippine airports and at the arrival area of international airports, for registration assistance and QR code printing. Passengers traveling to the Philippines from overseas countries are advised to download the app before they embark on their trip.

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