PAL expects rise in domestic travel

    Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects domestic travel to go up in the next few months as the government eases travel restrictions.

    The new guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases allow point-to-point interzonal travel including leisure travel from the National Capital Region to areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ for individuals below 18 years old as well as fully vaccinated individuals over 65 years old,those with immunodeficiencies and comorbidities and pregnant women.

    All these travelers are subject to the regulations set by the local government unit (LGU) of the destination city or province and the guidelines of the Department of Tourism.

    PAL expressed optimism that more LGUs will ease restrictions as the government ramps up the nationwide vaccination drive and allows point-to-point travel for all ages, provided seniors, pregnant women and persons with identified health risks are fully vaccinated.

    “We welcome the latest moves by key LGUs to relax travel protocols, including those for travel to Cebu, Iloilo, Butuan, Dipolog, Tacloban, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, Palawan and other areas. We are hopeful that more LGUs will follow suit in easing travel protocols,”said Dexter Lee, PAL senior vice president for strategy and planning.

    “The government’s intensified vaccination drive across various provinces is an important factor in these decisions to make travel more convenient while ensuring the safety of everyone,” added Lee.