Local carriers cancel domestic flights as Manila braces for yet another lockdown

The government brought back modified enhanced community quarantine for Manila, as Covid-19 cases breach the 100,000th mark.

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For the next 14 days domestic flights to and from Manila have been cancelled in line with the Philippine government’s announcement of a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) for the area as well as adjacent provincesas Covid-19 cases breached the 100,000 mark.

Philippine Airlines said domestic flights between Clark, Cebu, Davao and cities other than Manila (which are not classified as high-risk areas) are not affected and shall remain operational, whilst international flights shall continue to operate, subject to further guidelines from the authorities in line with quarantine capacity and related arrangements.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific cancelled domestic flights to and from Manila but will continue to operate out of Clark, Cebu, and Davao every Tuesday. Flights between Manila and Taipei, along with all other Cebu Pacific international flights, are also cancelled during the 14-day quarantine, the company said in a statement.

The carrier said it will continue to mount all-cargo flights to ensure transport of essential goods across the country and will work with government at the national and local levels to assist stranded passengers.

AirAsia, which also operates domestic flights from Manila, is updating commercial flight schedules for the current month following the quarantine announcement, the company said on a tweet.

Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran told CNN Philippines on 3 August that international flights will be limited to sweeper flights arranged by government agencies and approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

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