Both Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific responded positively to President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for help regarding the repatriation of willing Filipinos from Kuwait.
“Everyone who wants to come home, I said to Secretary Bello, those who want to be repatriated with or without money, I will ask PAL and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation. I want them out of the country, those who want to go out, in 72 hours,” President Duterte said on Friday.
In response, PAL and Cebu Pacific each made one Airbus A330 available.
“In support of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request for Philippine carriers to help repatriate Filipino OFWs in Kuwait, Philippine Airlines will be mounting a special flight from Kuwait to Manila within the next few days,” PAL said. “PAL will be utilizing its 363-seater Airbus A330.”
“It is the flag carrier’s privilege to be of service to those in need. PAL is more than ready to mount extra flights to Kuwait, as needed,” PAL said.
“CEB will be deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft — the largest in its fleet – for the charter flight. It has a maximum capacity of 436 passengers,” Cebu Pacific said.
“Cebu Pacific will also provide free food and refreshment, as well as baggage allowance for all passengers on this charter flight,” it added.
Both airlines said they are coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/cebupacificairphilippines/photos/a.108443642535253.4705.100352916677659/1789800601066207/; https://www.facebook.com/notes/philippine-airlines/pal-to-repatriate-filipinos-in-kuwait/10157064914268306/; https://pcoo.gov.ph/press_briefing/press-conference-president-rodrigo-roa-duterte/