Philippines extend flight suspensions to mid-May

Philippines extend flight suspensions to mid-May

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The Philippines' major airlines have said their domestic and international flights will remain suspended until mid-May following the extension of coronavirus lockdown measures in the capital and affected cities and provinces.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and the Philippine unit of Malaysia's Airasia Group Bhd said passenger flights, which were halted in March, will remain suspended. Cargo and special recovery flights will continue, the airlines told Reuters.

The islands’ death toll from Covid-19 has surged nearly fivefold since April 1 to 462, and the confirmed cases have tripled to 6,981 as of April 23. On Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte extended a lockdown over the capital region and nearby areas by another two weeks to May 15.