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.
According to Engr. Ronald Estabillo, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Area Manager, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and the Task Force Salun-at have already approved the flights of Philippine Airlines. Outbound flights first took effect on July 13 and sweeper flights will be every Monday.
At present, the Department of Health and Task Force Salun-at are managing the implementation of public health standards for outbound passengers. Estabillo said that for now the airport is strictly for dropping off of passengers and their luggage; no companion, only the driver. There is checking of body temperature. Measures and protocols have already been laid down to ensure safety of everyone.
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.
Estabillo also added that for now there is an international health standard being observed by airlines so that social distancing inside the planes are being followed. PAL also has an High Efficiency Particulate Air filter so that air inside the plane is being sanitized.