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Local carriers say government protocols aren’t enough to fend off Omicron.
Three of the country’s biggest airlines claimed the Covid-19 Omicron form isn’t yet disrupting airline operations, and that the government is taking the required steps to keep it out.
“We can confidently state that the country is prepared. When necessary, the IATF and aviation stakeholders collaborate to develop measures and protocol changes. There will be an additional adjustment if the (Omicron) variant enters the country. We feel that the existing quarantine, testing, and arrival processes are sufficient to prevent the variation from spreading “Cielo Villaluna, a spokesperson for Philippine Airlines (PAL), said in a press conference on Thursday.
She also advised passengers to keep an eye on the travel criteria to avoid being delayed on their flights.
According to Villaluna, Omicron has had no influence or threat on PAL’s foreign flights, both inbound and outbound.
“In reality, we have a large number of passengers. (PAL) carries 1,000 passengers per day out of a total of 4,000 “she stated
The load factor on PAL’s outbound foreign flights is an average of 70%.
Carmina Romero, a spokesperson for Cebu Pacific (CEB), said the Omicron variant might have an impact on travel confidence, but not as much as when the Delta variant was feared.
“It’s too early to know whether it will affect everyone’s holiday plans, but (CEB) continues to hope for the best while planning for the worse. We continue to be flexible in our response, as we have been since the outbreak began. For the time being, we will proceed as planned, remaining cautiously confident that we will be able to weather this storm “According to the Philippine News Agency, she stated.
Romero noted that there has been a significant improvement because more individuals are now vaccinated, and every local government unit is holding vaccination and booster efforts (LGU).
“The fundamental distinction is that Omicron arose at a time when about 90% of NCR’s target population had been vaccinated, and inoculation campaigns in the provinces were still ongoing. These data do not yet include those who received vaccinations during the National Vaccination Drive, which took place from November 29 to December 1. Because there are now more fully vaccinated people than there were six months ago, the situation has changed “she went on.
Following the guidelines set forth by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is critical for AirAsia Philippines spokesperson Steve Dailisan.
“We’re hoping that this (Omicron) will have little effect on holiday air travel demand. For the time being, we will keep a close eye on the situation and consult with health experts on a regular basis “‘I told the PNA,’ he said.
AirAsia Philippines has been encouraging all of its fully vaccinated ground and flight crew to get booster shots when they become available as a proactive measure.
“A number of people have already registered with our LGU partners to ensure that we have an extra layer of protection not only for our people but, more importantly, for our visitors,” Dailisan said.