Published: Tuesday 03 April, 2018

PAL Suspends ALL Flights to Kuwait as OFW Deployment Ban Continues

Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced that its flights to Kuwait are temporarily suspended until further notice. PAL said the OFW deployment ban to Kuwait has made the Manila to Kuwait and Kuwait to Manila routes ‘economically unsustainable’.

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PAL suspends flight to Kuwait. (Manila Bulletin / KEVIN DELA CRUZ)

With the bulk of its passengers to and from Kuwait overseas Filipino workers, Philippine Airlines had no choice but to suspend its PR668 Manila – Kuwait and PR 669 Kuwait – Manila flights effective May 16, 2018.

PAL said its passengers with flights to Kuwait on May 16 and beyond may avail of several options: rebook their flights, refund their tickets, or re-route their flights via Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha then take a connecting flight via another airline to Kuwait.

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For those rebooking their flights, all charges will be waived. Meanwhile, for those re-routing their flights, PAL said it will shoulder the cost on other airlines

Only the flight to Kuwait are affected by the temporary suspension. PAL said it will continue to serve its passengers via its flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Philippine Airlines is the airline with the largest network of routes between the Philippines and the Middle East.

The deployment ban to Kuwait was implemented following the death Of Joanna Demafelis, the OFW found stuffed inside a freezer for a year by her employers. It was the last straw for the Philippine government following a string of OFW abuses and deaths in Kuwait.