Cebu Pacific to send aircraft for OFW repatriation in Kuwait

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will be mounting a special flight to Kuwait to assist our kababayans who wish to be repatriated to the Philippines.

CEB is currently coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait on the airlift details and other travel arrangements. It will provide further information once these are finalized.

CEB will be deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft—the largest in its fleet, for the charter flight. It has a maximum capacity of 436 passengers. Cebu Pacific will also provide free food and refreshment, as well as baggage allowance for all passengers on this charter flight.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he wanted overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) out of Kuwait noting that Filipinos are “no slave to anyone.”

Duterte said he could no longer stomach the persistent abuses against Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait.

“So everyone who wants to come home, I said to (Labor) Secretary Bello, those who want to be repatriated, with or without money, I will ask PAL and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation,” Duterte said.

“I want them out of the country those who want to go out in 72 hours. We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is a suffering and agony.”

Duterte urged the Kuwaiti government to stop the “inhumane” treatment to OFWs.

“Let me ask, when will this inhumane treatment of our Filipino workers end? When will the upliftment of the human dignity begin? To the Kuwaiti government and all others who are OFWs work(ers), we seek and expect your assistance in this regard,” Duterte said.

“We do not seek special treatment or privileges for our workers but we do expect respect for their dignity and basic human rights. Keep them free from harm. I implore you. I ask all Arab people, the Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere.”

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