AirAsia Gives Statement On Foreigner Trapped In NAIA For Over 110 Days
FOREIGNER TRAPPED IN NAIA – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of flights were cancelled from all over the world.
This left thousands of foreigners trapped in different parts of the globe who wanted to get back home. Some countries offered repatriation initiatives but sadly, not all of these stranded individuals returned as fast.
A similar incident happened here in the Philippines as an Estonian tourist named Roman Trofimov got stranded in NAIA for 110 days. According to an article from Philstar, AirAsia confirmed that the man flew back to his home country yesterday.
Along with this, the airlines also clarified their stance regarding the unfortunate experience of the foreigner.
Trofimov arrived in Manila from Don Mueang (DMK), Thailand, in March and was denied entry by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.
In such cases, the guest is either flown back to the exact same point of origin or his/her home country.
The guest arrived in the Philippines when strict travel restrictions were imposed by the government and airlines started suspending flights,
Meanwhile, AirAsia also said that it covered the cost for his stay in the country as well as three meals a day. During this time, his exit flights were being coordinated by the Estonian Consulate General in Manila.
However, as per the article, AirAsia said they did not have international flights even with the government announcing that they have allowed non-essential travel abroad.
Afterward, the company also explained that due to the current health crisis, the earliest they could mount international flights would be in August. Lastly, they stated:
The safety and wellbeing of our guests and Allstars remain our top priority. We comply with advice and regulations from the government, civil aviation authorities, and global and local health authorities, including the World Health Organization