A total of 24 international flights brought home more than 5,000 returning overseas Filipinos since the resumption of Clark International Airport operations.
These flights have arrived in June 5 until June 30, 2020.
On June 5, Emirates resumed its flights from Dubai to Clark enabling stranded Overseas Filipino Workers in Dubai to finally come home to the Philippines. Philippine Airlines has also started repatriation flights from Barbados (via Vancouver) to Clark and brougth home Filipino seafarers who were stranded in the Caribbean Island due to lockdown caused by the coronavirus or COVID-19. Qatar Airways also operated two special flights from Doha while Spanish airline Wamos Air brought home seafarers from Madrid.
The Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation, operating arm of the Clark International Airport, worked alongside the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Tourism, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration OWWA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to ensure a seamless arrival experience for all passengers.
The fast processing of test results at JB Lingad Memorial Hospital made it possible for the passengers to receive their medical certificates within 72 hours, allowing those who tested negative to go home to their families in less than four days.
“It is a very heartwarming experience to witness our fellow Filipinos finally come home, and we are happy that CRK is able to serve as their gateway back to the Philippines. We are looking forward to serving more flights and more passengers in the coming weeks, in compliance with further guidelines set by the IATF and our government,” said Bi Yong Chungunco, Chief Executive Officer of LIPAD Corporation.
More airlines are expected to resume their operations at CRK this July, with at least 1x a week flight to Incheon, Korea via Jin Air and JeJu Air. Meanwhile, Emirates will continue to operate its 2x weekly Dubai-CRK-Dubai commercial flights.
On the domestic front, AirAsia continues to fly from CRK to Davao every Saturday while Philippine Airlines will resume its CRK to Davao operations every Friday, starting July 3.
All passengers are encouraged to observe departure and arrival guidelines published on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/CRKInternationalAirport