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The Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Busuanga will be open for modified commercial flights starting July 11, to receive locally stranded individuals (LSIs), returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), authorized persons outside residence (APOR), and selected invited guests of local government units.

The activation of the airport was agreed upon during a meeting of the BCCL or Busuanga, Coron, Culion, and Linapacan (BCCL) District Health Board, mayors of the four towns, and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Mayor Elizabeth Cervantes of Busuanga said Wednesday that two flights will arrive at the Francisco B. Reyes airport based on their June 29 health board meeting.

She added that they started cleaning and decontaminating the airport on July 3.

As part of their preparation, each town will set up their respective booths to attend to their returning passengers and facilitate their transfer to quarantine facilities.

A dry run on the airport’s opening was also conducted to assess possible scenarios that could arise during the arrivals.

“This July 11 na ang resumption ng modified commercial flights natin sa Busuanga airport matapos tayong magkaroon ng meeting kasama ang CAAP. This is only for arrival ng LSIs natin sa apat na munisipyo natin dito sa BCCL, APORs, ROFs, at mga piling invited guest kung mayroon man,” she said.

The first modified commercial flight will be on July, followed by another on July 25.

“July 11 ang unang schedule natin at second schedule ang July 25. Sa mga susunod na buwan ay depende siguro kung papatak siya ng Friday o Saturday — at least twice a month. Ibig sabihin every month we have only two flights for modified commercial flights natin for APORs and LSIs or invited guests,” she added.

Airline companies that have already have schedules are Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Skyjet, on the other hand, has not yet confirmed any schedule.