THE Bacolod-Silay Airport has reopened for commercial flights effective July 18, 2020.
In an advisory, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) listed the airport as among the 32 airports nationwide that have clearance from local government units (LGUs) to resume commercial flights.
The advisory added airports that have allowed the resumption of commercial flights "require prior coordination/ approval from the LGUs."
The Bacolod-Silay Airport was also classified as "accepting flights subject to restrictions."
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Sunday said that the present set-up will have one flight per day and airlines will take care of bookings. He said they are classified as commercial flights.
"Airlines just give us a list of passengers and proof of residence or employment. Only locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and essential workers are allowed," Lacson pointed out.
"Philippine Airlines (PAL) flies Mondays and Fridays, Cebu Pacific on Tuesday and Thursdays, Air Asia on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sunday is rest day. Extra flights are allowed if inbound is purely cargo and outbound with passengers," the governor said.
He added that LGUs will pick up the LSIs from the airport.
"We expect an exodus of Negrenses many of whom were not stranded but Negrenses wanting to go back home," he said.
However, Lacson said, "those from Cebu will have to wait."
Pressed if the provincial government has enough resources to accept returning LSIs, he said "We have rooms for them." (TDE)