To help stranded overseas Filipinos in Dubai return home to the Philippines, Cebu Pacific (CEB) will mount a special commercial flight on August 25. 

As part of this initiative, the airline will provide free meals to passengers and will grant them additional baggage allowance. 

Flyers with a pre-purchased baggage allowance of 40 kg will receive an additional 25-kg allowance. Meanwhile, guests who purchased 20-kg or 32-kg will be elevated to a baggage allowance of up to 40 kg. 

In a statement, CEB said the special offer will allow passengers to bring more items home without paying for the extra load. 

“With this special offer, passengers on the Bayanihan flights to Manila will be able to bring home more items without having to worry about paying extra fees.”

“We continue to listen to our passengers’ needs, and we want to do all we can to ease some of our kababayans’ worries through this additional baggage allowance. We want them to travel and come home with peace of mind, especially in this time of crisis,” said Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog. 

According to the airline, the Bayanihan flight was a collaboration with the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

During the flight, passengers will be required to wear face masks and face shields. They’re also required to quarantine in a pre-booked, accredited facility for 15 days upon their arrival. 

They will also be subject to an RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before departure that should have a negative result. Another swab test will be taken a week after arrival.

Before departing Dubai, passengers must register for One Health Pass through the website ( Upon completion, each passenger will be issued a personal QR code. This must be presented upon check-in for the flight and upon arrival in Manila.

Passengers must also accomplish a Bayanihan form from Cebu Pacific at least 24 hours before the flight.

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