June 10, 2021

There will be no modifications to in-flight service at MCIA, according to the airport’s CEO

Following Malacañang’s directive to redirect foreign aircraft to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) until June 12, there are no modifications in services at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), according to an airport official on Thursday.

Despite some officials’ expressions of support for Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s executive order (EO) implementing swab upon arrival for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and returning Filipino overseas, MCIA Authority (MCIAA) acting general manager Lawyer Glenn Napuli said international flights are still diverted to NAIA in Pasay City (ROF).

“Now that accepting foreign flights is still prohibited, we’re concentrating on international cargo service. MCIA is functioning since we have outward planes to serve,” Napuli said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency.

On June 5, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum extending the flight diversion from MCIA to NAIA in order to guarantee that OFWs and ROFs are properly tested and quarantined.

On June 5, the day the second order to reroute planes to NAIA was issued, the MCIA serviced the final foreign planes, according to Napuli.

He said that they just got the order on June 7.

Following widespread requests for the national government to rethink its order diverting aircraft from Cebu airport to NAIA, Napuli made his statements.

The purpose of the aircraft diversion was to guarantee that the anti-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) measures imposed on entering OFWs and ROFs by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) would be enforced in Cebu after June 13.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III was one of the authorities who backed Garcia’s EO, saying that quarantine for Cebuanos coming from overseas is no longer essential since their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result would be negative after 24 hours after swabbing.

OFWs and ROFs, according to Sotto, are burdened since they must spend their time and money in hotels and approved quarantine facilities for a minimum of 10 days after arrival, with swab testing taking place just seven days after arrival.

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