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Sec. Lambino orders suspension of Macau-Lallo flights amid novel coronavirus threat

By: Mark Djeron C. Tumabao and CEZA

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Jan. 31 (PIA) – Secretary Raul L. Lambino, administrator and chief executive officer of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), today ordered the suspension of all chartered flights from Macau and other parts of China to Lal-lo, Cagayan where it is operating the Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA).

Lambino said the suspension of all Macau/China-Lallo flights is meant to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel coronavirus which is believed to have originated in Wuhan City, Hubei province in China.

The Philippine registered budget airline Royal Air Charter Service Inc. has been operating the Macau-Lallo route since August last year when the CNIA began its international chartered flights, transporting mostly Chinese tourists bound for various resorts destinations in Santa Ana, Cagayan.

“We have already informed the charterer of Royal Air to suspend its operations until further notice. We cannot simply put to risk the lives of our people in the wake of a global concern against the spread of this deadly disease,” said Lambino, also the Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon.

Royal Air is also operating a commercial domestic flight between Lal-lo and Clark every Wednesday and Sunday.

The Cagayan North International Airport is a joint venture enterprise of CEZA with the Cagayan Premium Ventures Development Corporation in an effort to attract more foreign tourists to visit several tourism spots in Santa Ana, including the world famous Palaui Island. (MDCT, with reports from CEZA/PIA-2)


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