PAL mounts special flights for OFWs


Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) continues to provide stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) the opportunity to return to the Philippines on its Bayanihan flights.

The flag carrier will mount Bayanihan flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the next two weeks

The airline has completed six flights since July 29 under special arrangements with the Philippine government.

PAL SVP and Chief Strategy and Planning Officer Dexter C. Lee said, “We thank the Philippine government for giving the national carrier another avenue to assist our stranded countrymen. We will be mounting several more special commercial flights or ‘Bayanihan flights’ in the coming days.”

The airline will mount the following Bayanihan flights: Kuala Lumpur to Davao (August 16); Bangkok to Manila (August 17); Dubai to Manila (August 18); Kuala Lumpur to Manila (August 21); Jakarta to Manila (August 22); and Dubai to Manila (August 22).

In addition to the Bayanihan flights, PAL also operates repatriation flights from various countries in the Middle East and Asia, special flights from London, Australia and New Zealand, and regular scheduled services from Japan, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taipei, Indonesia, Guam, the United States and Canada.

PAL said only Philippine passport holders will be allowed to board the Bayanihan flights. Passengers must present a valid negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure from the concerned foreign city, and must undergo a second RT-PCR test after the first 7 days of quarantine in the Philippines.

Passengers must present the One Health Pass QR code prior to aircraft boarding. All travelers should register with the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card including children.

In line with the government’s current health protocols for Bayanihan flights, all passengers will be subjected to a 14-day stringent facility-based quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines.

The cost of the quarantine hotel stay of OFWs and the RT-PCR tests on the 7th day will be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), while returning overseas Filipinos will cover their own hotel and RT-PCR test costs.a

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