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NAIA Resumes Operations This Week But You Still Can't Travel Abroad

Don't book that flight just yet.
by Clara Rosales
Jul 6, 2020
Photo/s: Maliz Ong from Public Domain Pictures | CC0 Public Domain

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will resume international flight operations on July 8, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on July 4.

“After temporarily closing its doors on March 28 this year, NAIA Terminal 3 will finally open its gates to resume international flight operations beginning 12:01 a.m. of July 8, 2020,” the MIAA said.

“NAIA Terminal 3 airlines which were relocated to NAIA Terminal 1 last March, will be back in Terminal 3 beginning Monday,” it added.

Flights from these airlines will be permitted to arrive and depart from Terminal 3 starting July 8:

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • AirAsia Berhad (AK)
  • Cathay Pacific (CX)
  • Emirates (EK)
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)
  • Qatar Airways (QR)
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ)
  • Turkish Airlines (TK)

However, other airlines assigned to Terminal 3, Cebu Pacific, Delta Air, Qantas Airways, and United Airlines, are still barred from departing or landing.

Philippine Airlines’ international arrival flights will still be serviced at NAIA Terminal 2.

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Airlines serviced in NAIA Terminal 1 will stay in the same terminal.

Here are the airlines that can arrive and depart from Terminal 1:

  • Air China (CA)
  • Air Niugini (PX)
  • Asiana Airlines (OZ)
  • China Airlines (CI)
  • China Eastern (MU)
  • China Southern (CZ)
  • Etihad Airways (EY)
  • Eva Air (BR)
  • Ethiopian Airlines (ET)
  • Gulf Air (GF)
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Japan Airlines (JL)
  • Jeju Air (7C)
  • Jetstar Asia (3K)
  • Jetstar Japan (GK)
  • Korean Airlines (KE)
  • Kuwait Airways (KU)
  • Malaysian Airlines (MH)
  • Oman Air (WY)
  • Royal Brunei Airlines (BI)
  • Saudia Airlines (SV)
  • Scoot (TR)
  • Thai Airways (TG)
  • Xiamen Air (MF)
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Repatriation flights are currently being serviced at the airport.

While this means more inbound and outbound flights will be allowed again, that doesn’t meant you should book a flight to your dream destination just yet.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded the public on July 5 that tourist and leisure travel are still not allowed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Only Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), study visa holders, and foreign citizens can leave and return to the Philippines.

“We want to emphasize and reiterate that Filipinos are still prohibited from leaving the country unless they are Overseas Filipino Workers, holders of study visas or permanent residents in the country of their destination,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said.

Restrictions are still imposed on international travel until the Inter-Agency Task Force lifts them, he added.

BI Port Operations Acting Chief Grifton Medina warned Filipinos against leisure trips, and urged to wait until restrictions are lifted.

"These travel restrictions are only temporary and we should always bear in mind that the government implemented these measures to protect our countrymen against this deadly coronavirus," Medina said.

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