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Government, CEB bring home stranded Filipinos from India

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Cebu Pacific (CEB) said it safely flew home 108 Filipinos from India last Monday in coordination with the Philippine government.

The airline said the sweeper flight departed the Indira Gandhi International Airport at 10:20 AM local time, and arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 9:25 PM.

The special recovery flight was organized and chartered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in collaboration with CEB and the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi, in response to the request of several overseas filipino Workers to be brought home while the travel ban is still in place.

“We are grateful to be part of this mission to safely bring home our fellow Filipinos, and we will assist our kababayans especially in this time of crisis,” said Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer at Cebu Pacific.

Upon arrival, passengers underwent necessary health and quarantine protocols. Testing and Quarantine facilities were shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Since July, CEB has also repatriated over 1,200 Filipinos from Dubai, Oman, and Vietnam. These flights were done in coordination with the DFA, the Consulate of Dubai, and the Philippine Embassies of Oman and Hanoi.

CEB has been rated 7/7 stars by airlineratings.com for its Covid-19 compliance as it continues to implement a multi-layered approach to safety, in accordance with global aviation standards.

“These include daily extensive cleaning and disinfection protocols for all aircraft and facilities, antigen testing before duty for all frontliners and crew members, and contactless flight procedures. These are all in accordance with global best practices and the highest safety standards. Aircraft are equipped with hospital grade HEPA air filters, keeping viruses at bay.”

CEB operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 31 destinations, on top of its 8 international destinations. Its 74-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes two dedicated ATR freighters and one A330 freighter.

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