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.