Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is preparing to restore its pre-pandemic flight levels as the number of COVID-19 cases in the coutry continues to decrease.
Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) meanwhile announced it has delivered more than 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses across the country as part of its initiative to help the government in its national inoculation program.
CEB has safely transported the vaccines to 28 provinces since March last year as the government ramps up vaccination for the children and the elderly and booster jabs.
On PAL’s flights, company spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said “before the pandemic lockdown, flag carrier Philippine Airlines operated an average of 300 flight legs per day. Today, PAL has yet to restore its pre-pandemic number of flights, but remains confident about the future.”
“We are serving 32 international and 27 domestic destinations,” she added.
On Tuesday, PAL resumed operating flights between Manila and Siargao via a thrice-weekly service.
This coming March, the airline will also increase flights between Manila and Zamboanga from nine to 11 flights weekly and will increase flights between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro from five to seven flights weekly.
PAL’s services to Guam will also increase from two to three flights a week; to Kuala Lumpur – from three to seven flights a week; to Singapore – from five to seven flights a week; to Jakarta – from three to four flights a week; to Bangkok – from three to seven flights a week.
CEB reported that it has delivered vaccines to Bacolod, Boracay, Bohol, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cauayan, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Kalibo, Masbate, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose, Siargao, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Tawi-Tawi, Virac, and Zamboanga.
Of these provinces, Cagayan de Oro received the highest number of vaccine shipments, totaling 711,520 doses over the past two months. It was followed by Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban, and Legazpi.
The vaccine doses were subject to stringent procedures to guarantee potency and efficacy until its arrival at the designated stations.
CEB has attained 100 percent vaccination rate for its active flying crew through its very own employee vaccination program, JG Summit COVID Protect, and various partnerships with local government units in the country. It has already started its booster program to ensure the continued safety of its employees and passengers.
The airline 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, on top of its contactless flight procedures. Its jet fleet is equipped with hospital grade HEPA filters, known to eradicate viruses with 99.9% efficiency.
CEB operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 31 destinations, on top of its 11 international destinations. Its 74-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes two (2) dedicated ATR freighters.