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Ilocos Norte airport resumes commercial flights

by PGIN-CMO

Jul. 15, 2020 ...

With the lifting of flight restrictions in the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Laoag International Airport (LIA) has finally re-opened its runway for the resumption of commercial flight operations.

"Inaprobahan ni Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc at ng Task Force Salun-at ang flights ng Philippine Airlines dito sa probinsya. Outbound flights muna simula sa July 13. Ang sweeper flights ay tuwing Lunes," Engr. Ronald Estabillo, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Area Manager, said in a press briefing at the Provincial Capitol last July 9.

At present, the Department of Health and Task Force Salun-at are managing the implementation of public health standards for outbound passengers.

"Strictly drop-off lang ng passenger at ng mga gamit niya, walang ibang kasama kung 'di ang driver lamang. May checking of body temperature, ready na rin ang disinfection and handwashing facilities sa airport, at may markers na tayo upang masigurado ang social distancing. Ito ang mga minimum requirements na ipapatupad natin," he continued.

On the other hand, Governor Marcos Manotoc already allowed the resumption of inbound flights starting July 20.

To reinforce the province's COVID-19 safety protocols, Task Force Salun-at personnel will be stationed at the airport to facilitate comprehensive health checks upon arrival of passengers and before their admission to a quarantine facility.

Moreover, general documentary requirements for returning residents traveling to province via air are accomplished Request for Entry of the Returning Resident Form together with proof of residence and valid ID, Medical Clearance Certificate along with Certificate of Completion of Quarantine and Official COVID-19 test results if applicable, and a Travel Authority issued by the Philippine National Police. Upon disembarkment, a Health Declaration Form must also be accomplished.

"Sa kasalukuyan, may international health standard na sinusunod lahat ng airlines upang masigurado ang social distancing sa loob ng eroplanoMay High Efficiency Particulate Air filter rin ang PAL upang malinis ang hangin sa loob," Mr. Estabillo ended.

To process entry to Ilocos Norte, returning residents must send an electronic copy of the abovementioned requirements to [email protected] at least seven (7) days before the flight date. In addition, they must bring a hard copy of the documents to be presented upon arrival.