Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is offering special flights to Canada to select passengers after the Lenten Season.
Scheduled to operate on 14 Apr 2020, the COVID-19 flights aim to fly stranded Canadian and Philippine citizens who wish to return to their homelands. The announcement came a day after the Philippine government extended the deadline of the Metro Manila enhanced community quarantine from 14 Apr to 30 Apr 2020.
Special COVID-19 flights via PAL
Manila to Toronto and Vancouver
Organised by the Embassy of Canada in Manila, the COVID-19 flights to Canada are available to Canadian citizens and Permanent Resident cardholders. These flights are:
PR 118 Manila to Toronto: 4.55pm
PR 116 Manila to Vancouver: 7.20pm
Immediate family members of these passengers may also board the said flights. This is provided they are travelling for essential reasons, while carrying their valid passports and other travel documents. At the time of flight, they must also not be showing symptoms of COVID-19. Should they exhibit them during the flight, they will undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
To book the special COVID-19 flights to Canada, sign up using this designated page or call PAL’s dedicated hotline at 02-8855-1000.
Toronto and Vancouver to Manila
Special flights to Manila from Canada are likewise offered to Filipinos, their immediate family members, and foreign government and organisation officials. Also scheduled on 14 Apr 2020, these flights are:
PR 119 Toronto to Manila: 11.30pm
PR 117 Vancouver to Manila: 11.10pm
Qualified passengers who wish to book the said COVID-19 flights to Manila can go directly to PAL’s website. You can also call the airline’s Canada Reservations and Global Reservations hotlines at 1-800-435-9735 and 1-800-I-FLY-PAL, respectively. Alternatively, you may send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]
On 7 Apr 2020, the country’s flag carrier also successfully flew nearly 300 stranded British nationals in the Philippines via London. The one-off COVID-19 flights were organised by the British Embassy Manila.