BAGUIO CITY (July 15, 2020) – The Laoag International Airport (LIA) has finally re-opened its runway for the resumption of commercial flight operations with the lifting of flight restrictions in the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Inaprobahan ni Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc at ng Task Force Salun-at (Health) 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.
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 maymarkers na tayo upang masigurado ang social distancing. Ito ang mgaminimum requirements na ipapatupad natin,” he continued.
Governor Marcos Manotoc already allowed the resumption of inbound flights starting July 20.
To reinforce Ilocos Norte’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 ngairlines upang masigurado ang social distancing sa loob ng eroplano. MayHigh Efficiency Particulate Air filter rin ang PAL upang malinis ang hangin sa loob,” Estabillo reiterated.
Artemio A. Dumlao