NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

MANILA, Philippines — Inbound international flights landing in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila will be allowed but will have to follow assigned days, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Saturday.

“Starting on May 11, inbound international charter and commercial flights landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will have assigned days,” read the advisory.

CAAP released its Notice to Airman (NOTAM) which allows inbound international chartered flights to land at NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays, but they must secure “clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and CAAP for slotting purposes.”

Inbound international commercial flights are allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends but they must secure approval from CAAP 48 hours before their scheduled departure from the airport for the
“necessary slotting and rescheduling of flights in order to subscribe to the 400 passengers per day capacity of NAIA.”

The restrictions will be enforced from May 11 to June 10, CAAP said.

“The restrictions, which will last a month, from May 11 to June 10, is going to be implemented in NAIA only, with other international airports in the country having their separate restrictions,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, emergency flights, ferry flights, cargo flights, air ambulance, and medical supplies flights, government, military flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, and outbound ferry flights, cargo flights with passengers are not covered in the restrictions under the NOTAM.

To recall, the government susoended incoming international flights landing in NAIA to decongest quarantine facilities in the country starting May 2.

Upon entering the country, Filipino migrant workers are required to undertake a 14-day mandatory quarantine as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


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