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PAL set to resume limited flights MANILA, Philippines.
— Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume some of its local and international flights starting 1st June after more than two months of suspension.
From June 1 to 30, PAL said it would operate limited international services as well as reduced number of domestic flights on most routes to and from Manila.
The international services will include routes to the US, Canada, Guam, Vietnam, mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Japan, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
It is also evaluating the possibility of operating selected services to London and Sydney by the next month.
However, they shall not be operating any regular scheduled flights to and from the following international destinations for the month of June: Auckland, Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Busan, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Macau, Melbourne, Phnom Penh, Perth, Port Moresby, Quanzhou (Jinjiang), Sapporo, Seoul (Incheon) and Shanghai.
The domestic services that will start taking off again include Manila to and from Basco, Laoag, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga, Bacolod, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Caticlan, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Butuan, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Davao, General Santos, Ozamiz, Pagadian and Zamboanga.
PAL will also be resuming its Cebu-Davao-Cebu service.
They plan to increase the number of routes and flights in the coming months, if allowed by aviation authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment.
The flag carrier assures its passengers that it would strictly implement the new normal practices in compliance with international health and safety protocols.
Under the new normal procedures, all passengers are required to bring and wear face masks at all times – at the airport and also throughout the flight.
It also advised passengers to check-in online and arrive at least three hours prior to departure for domestic flights and four hours for international flights.
PAL said its cabin crew would have undergone rapid antibody testing prior to the flight and will be wearing full personal protective equipment on board the flight.
A modified meal and snack service will be offered on board, using sealed packaging instead of traditional meals.
Don’t worry about the cabin air – all PAL aircraft are equipped with high-technology systems that continuously infuse fresh air across the cabin, as well as HEPA filters that trap viruses, bacteria and other contaminants with 99.9 percent efficiency, PAL said, adding that onboard air creates a cleaner environment compared to hospital operating rooms.
New T.S.A. Screening procedures in U.S.A. airports.
Security Administration in the U.S.A. has rolled out new guidelines for the airport security screening process.
The new TSA rules are meant to decrease the chances that its officers are exposed to the coronavirus, according to the agency.
Among the changes to the screening process is the requirement that fliers not hand boarding passes to TSA officers. Passengers will now be asked to scan their own boarding passes—both paper and electronic—instead of giving them to the the TSA officer before security. After scanning, passengers should hold up their boarding pass so the TSA officer can visually inspect it.
Passengers are also being asked to place any food from their carry-on bags into clear plastic bags and to place those bags into their own bins to go through the X-ray machine. "Food items often trigger an alarm during the screening process," a TSA release says. "Separating the food from the carry-on bag lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to open the carry-on bag and remove the food items for a closer inspection.
Also new is the fact that if something in a passenger's carry-on bag, like liquids, a laptop, or other large electronics, triggers an alarm, the passenger will be directed back outside of security to remove the items and put the bag through the X-ray screening again.
Previously, a TSA officer would have opened and searched the bag to remove the item, but this new method reduces the number of bags agents need to touch. Fliers will also notice social distancing markers on the ground in the queues leading up to the security checkpoint.
TSA also recommends putting things like keys, phones, belts, and wallets directly into carry-ons. Passengers are also encouraged to wear face masks, but officers might request fliers adjust their facial coverings to verify their identity.
Air Canada Resumes Limited Number Of Flights.
Air Canada has made a major change to its voucher policy for cancelled flights.
They also have updated their schedule for this summer, with more Canadian and U.S. flights, as well as the resumption of some services to the Caribbean, Europe, South America and the Pacific region.
Air Canada has updated its schedule for summer 2020, with 97 destinations (down from 220 last year), which offers wide opportunities for travel and connectivity.
Within Canada, the schedule will increase from 34 routes in May to 58 routes in June, with more routes added in August and September. Air Canada has also updated its schedule until the end of July with resumption of some services to the U.S., Caribbean, South American, European and Pacific markets.
To ensure customers can book with confidence, the airline has implemented the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosecurity program and is introducing new cancellation options retroactive to March 1, 2020, to give customers greater flexibility and choice should their travel plans change for any reason.
As part of the new schedule, in accordance with provisions for air travel to the U.S. for Canadians, Air Canada will resume service to the U.S. on May 22, with six destinations being served by May 25, including New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. This is a reduction from 53 U.S. destinations served last year.
There are tentative plans to resume more U.S. service as of June 22, pending regulatory changes and demand. For information on travel to the U.S. please see https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-1596?language=en_US
Internationally, Air Canada will continue to operate from its major hubs to key global destinations in June. This includes service from Toronto to Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Tokyo and Tel Aviv; from Montreal to Frankfurt, London, Paris and Brussels; and from Vancouver to London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul.
International services will expand further starting in June and early July, including: Montreal to Athens, Rome, Geneva; Toronto to Munich, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Rome and Athens; Calgary to Frankfurt; and, subject to government approval, Vancouver to Shanghai.
Under a revised goodwill policy, new bookings made up to June 30, 2020 can be changed without fees for original travel between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
For more information on Air Canada's pandemic response, including information about Air Canada ClearCare+ and its revised summer schedule and goodwill policies, please see aircanada.com/readyfortakeoff.
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