New restrictions on international travel to address the potential spread of the new COVID-19 variant is expected to further slowdown the recovery of the airline industry, with local carriers having to depend on the still restricted domestic air travel for survival.
Air Carriers Association of the Philippines executive director and vice chairman Roberto Lim said, “The ban on over 20 countries to protect against the potential spread of COVID has surely dampened consumer confidence.”
Local airlines have been slowly reviving their domestic and international networks since travel restrictions eased last year. However, the latest threat of the new COVID-19 variant first detected in the UK could pose as another major threat to airlines’ path to recovery.
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines late last year decided to cancel its flights to and from London until end-February in view of tightened restrictions by the government of the United Kingdom.