When will NAIA resume international arrivals?

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released a notice to airmen (NOTAM) this May 9 regarding new policies for international arrivals. This most notably includes the reopening of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to inbound international flights starting May 11.

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In line with this, the NOTAM provided a schedule for international arrivals. They said that international commercial flights may land at NAIA on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Airlines will be asked to secure approval from CAAP 48 hours before their scheduled departure from their airport of origin. This is so NAIA may accordingly provide slots for arriving flights and reschedule others. NAIA will be maintaining a capacity limit of 400 passengers per day as a precaution against COVID-19.

Inbound chartered flights will only be allowed to land on NAIA on Mondays and Thursdays. They will be asked to secure approval from the CAAP and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

These restrictions apply for NAIA specifically from May 11 to June 12. Other international airports in the country are to set their own restrictions.

The NOTAM does not cover en route flights with emergencies, ferry or cargo flights, air ambulance, and medical supply flights, government or military flights, maintenance flights, and weather mitigation flights. These will remain unrestricted.

Last May 3, the Philippine government instituted a temporary suspension on all flights to and from the country. This was done in order to slow down COVID-19 transmissions.

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