Airlines offer refund for Mindanao flights amid martial law declaration

  • Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer refund and rebooking for passengers bound for Mindanao
  • This is after martial law has been declared in Mindanao
  • The military continues its operations against terrorist groups in Marawi City

Major airlines Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have given passengers the option to refund their tickets bound for Mindanao amid the declaration of martial law there due to the encounter of the military and the terrorists in Marawi City.

Passengers with flights to Mindanao from May 25 to 31 may refund the cost of their tickets as a travel fund for future use or rebook tickets for free within 30 days, ABS-CBN said in a story published Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, flagship carrier Philippine Airlines gave the passengers the option to refund their flights headed to Mindanao. These include tickets for flights to Butuan, Cotabato, Dipolog, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Ozamiz, Surigao and Zamboanga.

Inclusive dates for the refund are from May 24 to July 30. They also have the option to rebook their tickets to another date.

“Tickets may be rebooked within 90 days from original flight date without penalty. Paid seats and prepaid baggage may also be rebooked or reassociated with the passenger’s new flight date,” explained ABS-CBN in its story.

Malacañang has declared martial law in Mindanao as the Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to target members of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups.

Duterte has said that he will be harsh in chasing after the terrorists who wreak havoc in the city.

Residents have been displaced from Marawi City to nearby cities and municipalities because of the tense situation there.

Martial law will remain in place in Mindanao for 60 days unless Duterte urge Congress to approve it. After 60 days, Congress will have to approve or revoke the appealed extension.

The President has said he is eyeing to declare it in the whole Philippines if the need arises.