MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) will announce its cancelled flights once authorities provide the final schedule of runway closures in connection with the arrival of heads of state for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Nov. 16 to 20.
The cancellations are supposedly to enable the use of the runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for arriving dignitaries, political and economic leaders, and corporate executives, who will have their meetings in Manila and Iloilo City.
In a statement yesterday, PAL said it is concerned that the arrivals and departures of heads of state at the NAIA would disrupt operations, causing cancellations of several flights.
PAL said passengers with confirmed tickets from Nov. 16 to 20 have the option to rebook their flights. Rebooking and penalty charges are waived.
“For information on flights, passengers may call PAL hotline (02) 855-8888, visit any PAL Ticket Office or log on to www.philippineairlines.com,” PAL added.
Cebu Pacific earlier released the list of its cancelled flights without waiting for the announcement of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) regarding the schedule of runway closures.
As of yesterday, several heads of state submitted their flight schedules to the APEC National Coordinating Council.
Heads of state will start arriving on Nov. 16 to 17. No flight of heads of state is expected on Nov. 18. Leaders will start departing from Manila on Nov. 19 to 20.
Normal flight operations are expected to resume on Nov. 21.
MIAA has advised passengers to plan their trips well before or after the APEC summit to avoid inconveniences when going to the airport.