First post-quarantine commercial flight lands in Tuguegarao

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, March 10 (PIA) -- The Tuguegarao City Airport has accepted its first commercial flight arrival on March 10 a year after it has been closed for commercial flights due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The maiden flight made by Cebu Pacific was historic as it also carried the Cagayan Valley's allocation of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccines, which were received by Region 2 government officials.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Manager Mary Sulyn Sagorsor said that both the provincial and city governments have already issued their respective executive orders allowing the reopening of the city's domestic airport for commercial flights.

The airport has just accepted special flights since March last year and it was reported earlier as one of the two remaining airports that were not yet opened in the CAAP' s list last December last year. 

Sagorsor said they have been prepared for the reopening of the commercial flights, however, they need to observe well the standard protocols set by the national as well as local inter-agency pandemic task force to ensure management of inbound and outbound passengers and to avoid further spread of the virus. 

"We have fixed well our protocols to fit it with the requirements of the national IATF and the requirements also of our LGUs. Since this is the first flight, we will try the protocols and we will do some adjustments if there are those needed," she said. 

The airport will initially have two flight schedules for this month, which are on Fridays and Mondays only. However, next month, the number of days of flight schedules will be increased. 

Sagorsor also said the Tuguegarao-Basco, Batanes flight route will also resume next week. (JCK/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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