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Manila airport closed to all passenger flights starting at 8am today, May 3

03 May 2020

By The SUN

NAIA Terminal 1 was the only one left operating after Manila was locked down on Mar 16

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has announced that all passenger and commercial flights to and from the Philippines will be suspended from 8am today, May 3.

The announcement, posted on the Facebook page of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA at 11:50pm last night, said the order came from Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19.

It was said to be in line with the effort to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country.
But cargo flights, including those carrying medical supplies, “utility and maintenance flights will remain unhampered,” said the advisory.

The news came as the Philippines’ total tally from the pandemic rose to 8,928, with 156 new cases reported. The death toll also rose to 603, with 24 new deaths being reported within a 24-hour period.
 
Flights to and from Manila kept dwindling as more countries implemented lockdowns

Earlier in the day, the MIAA issued an advisory listing down all the flights that would be allowed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) under which Metro Manila and much of Luzon has been placed.

The list still included international flights “subject to existing IATF-EID (emerging infectious diseases)/BOQ (Bureau of Quarantine) protocols.”
Also allowed to continue were government and military flights,  medical and emergency flights, and domestic flights to and from provinces under the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ).

There were only six international flights listed as operating out of NAIA Terminal 1 on May 2, including the daily flights of Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways between Manila and Hong Kong.

The others were Etihad which flew to and from Abu Dhabi, Japan Airlines from Tokyo, Qatar Airways from Doha, and Korean Air from Seoul.

These were just half the number of flights listed for the previous day, May 1, a public holiday in most countries.

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