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Gov’t spreads repatriati­on flights to regional airports with Laoag, Davao among landing points


THE LAOAG Internatio­nal Airport in northern Luzon, which reopened only last month, received its second repatriati­on flight on July 10 as the government spreads the arrival point of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the coronaviru­s pandemic. “A month after it resumed its flight operations, Laoag Internatio­nal Airport welcomed another repatriati­on flight via Philippine Airlines (PAL) Flight PR526 on 10 July 2021 at Gabu Norte, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte,” the Bureau of Customs reported on Sunday. The flights carried 119 workers from Kuala Lumpur, who were “among those hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who were stranded since the start of the COVID-19 (coronaviru­s disease 2019) pandemic last 15 March 2020,” the bureau said. The first repatriati­on flight to Laoag landed on June 12 and a third is tentativel­y scheduled on July 24.

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