SINGAPORE, 8 December 2020: The Philippines’ Cebu Pacific
introduced Test Before Boarding (TBB), late last week, with passengers
undergoing antigen testing at the airport just before they board a flight.
A first-of-its-kind in the Philippine, TBB aims to reduce
the risk of infection between testing and boarding, finding infected passengers
in a timelier manner. Only passengers
with negative antigen test results are allowed to board the CEB aircraft.
Together with the local government of General Santos, and in
coordination with the Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory (PADL), CEB
piloted TBB on 3 December for a two-week trial. All CEB passengers flying from
Manila to General Santos are now required to undergo TBB, free-of-charge during
the pilot run. This is in compliance with the Executive Order of General
Santos; passengers no longer need to take any other test prior to their flight.
“We welcome this development through Cebu Pacific
because it opens up more people to the idea of travelling again. We believe
this will be a breakthrough initiative, as it will allow our residents to feel
more secure and not be wary of arriving passengers from Manila,” said
General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera.
CEB VP for marketing and customer experience Candice Iyog
added: “We look forward to the results of this pilot so we can pave the
way for a more confident restart of non-essential travel and standardization of
requirements across all Philippine destinations.”
Passengers must fill out an electronic passenger information
form (E-PIF) through PADL’s portal and pre-register via Trace and Protect
Action Team (TAPAT) System for non-residents entering General Santos at least
24 hours before their flight. They must also secure a travel authority to be
allowed entry into the city, and check-in online before going to the airport,
as part of contactless flight procedures.
At the airport, guests must proceed to the testing facility
located at Level 3 of the NAIA Terminal 3, five hours before departure to give
ample time for testing procedures. Once called for their turn, swab samples
will be collected, with results released within 30 minutes.
After completing the test, DOH-accredited PADL will provide
passengers with a certificate showing the results of their Antigen test. They
can then proceed straight to gate or bag drop counters until an hour before the
scheduled time of departure at 1305.
Only guests with negative results will be allowed to board
the flight, while those with positive results will be referred to another
testing facility for confirmatory RT-PCR testing.
CEB offers most flight options in the Philippines, with
flights to destinations such as Boracay, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro,
Bacolod, Iloilo and Palawan.
It also operates flights to six international destinations
including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Dubai. Through its Juan Love
campaign, the airline committed to 1 million domestic seats on sale until
December 2020, to encourage travellers to support the local tourism