Philippines extends cap on international arrivals at NAIA until April 30

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) extended the passenger limit on international arrivals at main gateway Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), even as restrictions in the Greater Manila Area slightly eased.

In an advisory dated Sunday, April 11, but sent to reporters on Monday, April 12, the CAB said the international inbound passenger capacity at NAIA will remain at up to 1,500 a day.

The CAB made the announcement after the "NCR Plus" bubble, which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite, was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine until April 30.

The cap may be amended as determined by the Department of Transportation.

Prior to the extension, the cap was supposed to be lifted on April 19 at 8 am. Airlines had to cancel some international flights to abide by the restriction.

Cebu Pacific on Sunday said it will continue its domestic and international flights as scheduled, but passengers who wish to postpone their flights can choose whether they want to rebook or place the cost of their tickets in a travel fund. –

Aika Rey

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