Manila partially reopens main airport

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the main airport in the Philippines, reopened today for inbound international chartered and commercial flights.

All flights had been put on hold for eight days as quarantine facilities in the country had become too congested.

There are around 40,000 Filipino seafarers waiting to get home from across the world with their contracts having expired.

The resumption of operations at Manila’s main airport is limited to overseas Filipinos who are returning home to the Philippines. Foreign tourists and non-residents remain restricted from entering the country.

Inbound international chartered flights will only be allowed to land at NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays while international commercial flights are allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

All arriving passengers at NAIA will be tested for Covid-19 and required to go for a 14-day quarantine.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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