Cebu Pacific, PAL to resume Taiwan flights after travel ban lifting

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — Two local airlines will again mount flights to and from Taiwan after the government lifted the travel ban on the territory.

Cebu Pacific flights will resume February 17.

In an advisory, the airline will have one flight from Manila on Monday and only arrival flights from Taiwan beginning February 18.

On February 21, there will be two flights from Manila and two from Taiwan.

“We are notifying passengers both on those flights on the resumption of scheduled fights starting Monday,” said Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta- Lagamon in a phonepatch interview with CNN Philippines’ Newsroom.

Lagamon said the airline has carried out safety measures since the corona virus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Ever since the situation with the COVID-19 broke out, we have implemented precautionary measures -- disinfection of aircraft, measures for personnel -- and we try as best as we could to keep them in place all through these weeks,” she said.

Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines announced in an advisory that Taiwan flights will begin February 21. Trips will initially be four times weekly -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday -- until February 29.

Daily flights will resume March 1.

“Passengers originally confirmed on cancelled MNL-TPE and TPE-MNL flights now have the opportunity to book on the restored PR890 and PR891 flights,” said PAL.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases lifted the travel restriction given Taiwan's strict security protocols against the COVID-19.