Starting tonight, the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga will temporarily cease its operation in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s order prohibiting both incoming and outgoing local and international flights  to help contain the spread of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

“We are operating until March 19,” said Teri Flores, corporate communications chief of Lipad which operates the airport.

CRK’s website announces that all domestic flights will end at 11:59pm, 19 March 2020.

“In light of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, all domestic flights to and from Clark International Airport will stop operation effective 20 March 2020 until 12 April 2020,” it reads.

The website lists four international flights departing CRK today and another four flights arriving.

Also today, five domestic flights are scheduled to arrive while one is departing to beat the deadline.

CRK accommodates 428 domestic and 130 international flights every week.

Meanwhile, airports in Luzon will suspend all outbound international flights starting tomorrow following the government’s air travel restrictions effective midnight.

“Outbound passengers intending to depart Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon shall be allowed to travel for a period of 72 hours from effectivity of the enhanced community quarantine,” reads the guidelines approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In-bound international passengers who are already travelling to the Philippines at the time the order became in force will be allowed entry. (Jojo Mangahis)