More than 200 Filipinos bound for the Philippines are currently stranded at the Dubai International Airport’s Termina 1 after a Philippine-based carrier canceled their flights ‘on the spot’, several sources confirmed.
In a series of messages sent to The Global Filipino Magazine, at least five people confirmed that there are over 200 stranded Filipinos waiting to be flown to the Philippines.
These stranded passengers, according to Mej, not her true name, were part of the December 16 canceled flight.
“Mahigit 24 hours na po silang stranded sa Dubai Airport. At hindi po nakikipag-coordinate [yung airline]. Nasa Terminal 1 po sila,” Mej said.
She said that they were sent to a hotel in Dubai; however, their flights back to the Philippines have no confirmation yet.
“Paso na po lahat ng PCR test nila pagpasok nila ng Pinas,” she added.
In a separate message, Facebook user Ara said claimed that there are ‘more or less’ 500 Dubai-based OFW stranded at the Dubai International Airport since December 17 after a Dubai-based
“Paano po kaya ma-accomodate lahat yun if full din po ang flight to Manila every day same as to Clark dahil nag pile up na mga passengers unless they will add another flight just to accommodate stranded OFW passengers,” she added.
Malou Prado of MPQ Travel and Tours confirmed that all returning Filipino nationals from the UAE boarding Emirates airline this month need to have a confirmed hotel booking from the Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited hotels before boarding the flight.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) hasn’t released a statement about the matter.