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Local airlines are resuming a number of domestic and international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as Metro Manila returns to general community quarantine (GCQ) from August 19 to August 31.

Cebu Pacific, Cebgo, AirAsia Philippines, and Philippines Airlines in separate advisories on August 17 announced their respective list of domestic and international flights that will be operating out of NAIA within the month.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were placed back on the more relaxed GCQ from modified enhanced community quarantine until the end of the month.

Under GCQ, public transportation can operate and domestic commercial flights are allowed between GCQ areas, subject to the approval of the local government units (LGUs). International passengers are required to undergo swab testing for coronavirus disease, and LGUs may also require the same for some domestic passengers.

As of August 18 there are 32 airports in the country whose LGUs allow the operations of commercial flights, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

CAAP noted, however, that while some airports are allowed to handle commercial flights, these are subject to different documentary and passenger restrictions.

Airports accepting commercial flights are:

  • Romblon
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Clark International Airport
  • Cauayan
  • Palanan
  • Laguindingan
  • Dipolog
  • Pagadian
  • Jolo
  • Cotabato
  • Zamboanga
  • Davao International Airport
  • General Santos
  • Puerto Princesa International Airport
  • Legazpi
  • San Jose
  • Ozamiz
  • Virac
  • Basco
  • Busuanga
  • Tacloban
  • Ormoc
  • Catbalogan
  • Catarman
  • Borongan
  • Mactan-Cebu International
  • Kalibo International
  • Antique
  • Butuan
  • Marinduque
  • Tuguegarao
  • Caticlan

Airports still not allowing commercial flights are:

  • Surigao
  • Siargao (will open in September)
  • Dumaguete
  • Camiguin
  • Sanga-Sanga (to open on September 16)
  • Roxas
  • Maasin
  • Hilongos
  • Guiuan
  • Laoag International
  • Calbayog
  • Iloilo International
  • San Vicente
  • Naga Airport
  • Bohol-Panglao International
  • Masbate
  • Bacolod-Silay

Dumaguete and Iloilo International Airport, however, allow particular flights with special clearance from their LGUs.

Regular commercial air travel was temporarily suspended when travel restrictions were implemented mid-March as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. Cargo and repatriation flights have remained operational.

Limited commercial flights started in June following the easing of community quarantines nationwide.

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