As the Philippines announced border closure as a precautionary measure against Covid-19 for foreigners and non-OFWs, UAE-based Etihad and Emirates airlines have announced temporary flight disruptions to the South East Asian country.
The Philippine government announced that international inbound arrivals at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to be limited to a maximum of 1,500 passengers per day.
Etihad told Khaleej Times that it will temporarily restrict the number of passengers to Manila from March 18 until April 18.
“Following regulations being updated by the Philippines authorities, a further limit on the number of passengers per flight allowed to disembark at Manila International Airport has been applied,” an Etihad spokesperson said.
He urged passengers returning to the Philippines to contact the airline first to ensure their travel plans are not affected.
“We will work closely with impacted guests and travel agents to notify them of the changes to their itineraries and re-accommodate them on alternative flights,” he further added.
As per Emirates airline, a spokesperson said that their Manila, Clark, and Cebu flights are operating as scheduled. However, for flights to Manila, capacity is limited until April 18, subject to review by the authorities.
Meanwhile, its outbound flights from Manila, Clark, and Cebu remain unaffected.
“All of our customers are important to us, and while we cannot accommodate all with their preferred flight schedule, we are working hard to minimize disruption as much as possible,” he added.