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Philippine Airline suspend all flights starting March 26 until April 14, 2020

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is suspending all flight operations starting Thursday, March 26, as it grapples with the worldwide effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Philippine Airlines, it can no longer sustain "even a limited number of international flights" due to strict travel restrictions imposed by more countries, the collapse in travel demand, and staffing challenges in Manila due to the Luzon lockdown.

As PAL joined Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines in temporarily halting flights, there are now no local airlines available to fly Filipinos to their destinations.

"We understand that this pause in operations will be an inconvenience, and we hope for your understanding as we at PAL look to the safety of our colleagues and our families as we all face this global contagion," the airline said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Philippines has 552 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll at 35. The number of cases worldwide has risen to more than 377,000, with over 16,200 deaths.

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