Stranded passengers in Zamboanga to be flown to Manila

Posted at 09/12/13 12:04 AM

MANILA – Passengers stranded in Zamboanga City because of the stand-off between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels will soon be flown to Manila via Cebu.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Wednesday said it is working with government to assist the affected passengers.

PAL said the passengers will be flown to Cebu, where they will be accommodated on the airline company's regular flights plying the Cebu–Manila route, starting Friday.

“Starting September 13, 2013 (Friday), C-130 planes of the Philippine Military will ferry the affected passengers from Zamboanga to Mactan, Cebu International Airport,” the airline said.

Passengers will also be provided food and drinks at the pre-departure area at the Mactan International Airport.

Nearly 3,000 passengers were affected after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) suspended operations of the Zamboanga airport due to security reasons.