"MOST likely, we are not in a rush to add more flights."
This was what Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, on the proposal of airline companies to add more flights into the province.
Lacson explained that with the threat of the Delta variant, they now have to be more cautious as they currently do not know how widespread of a problem the variant's localized transmission is.
The governor confirmed that several airline companies, especially flag-carrier Philippine Airlines, have forwarded a proposal to increase passenger flights after the province allowed entry for fully vaccinated individuals.
Lacson said so far, with the province's main entry point for air travelers at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, the current health requirements such as travelers using the S-PaSS system and travelers opting either presenting a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test 72 hours prior to travel or getting the RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport remains.
The only exception for the RT-PCR test is for fully vaccinated individuals who are only required to use the S-PaSS system in order to present their vaccination cards.
As for those coming from Panay island, travelers originating from areas placed under enhanced community quarantine are being required to undergo RT-PCR tests upon entry at the Bredco Port.