PAL expands regional flights

MANILA, 11 January 2019: Philippine Airlines confirmed earlier this week it would introduce services to Cambodia, Vietnam and India, later this year.

In a statement released at a press conference, earlier this week, the airline confirmed it was also planning more services to the US and was considering the launch of a service to Israel.

PAL president, Jaime Bautista, said the airline was ramping up operations both on domestic and international routes. He noted that in the short-term low global oil prices were encouraging airlines to expand networks.

PAL will introduce services to Phnom Penh and Hanoi, by 31 March and to Delhi in April.

He confirmed the airline would offer five weekly flights to Phnom Penh and four to Hanoi.

Travelocity is offering a roundtrip fare of USD300 for PAL’s two-hour, 45-minute flight to Phnom Penh during April.

A roundtrip fare on PAL’s  three-hour, 20-minute flight from Manila to Hanoi sells at around USD309 on Trip.com during April.

The new flight to Delhi will operate four times weekly. It last served the Manila-Delhi route in 2013.

“Vietnam and Cambodia are emerging markets and economic centres that need connections to the rest of the world,” PAL’s CEO told the media.

PAL wants to introduce services to Tel Aviv in Israel, but would first need to secure rights to use airspace over Saudi Arabia.

It is planning an additional route to the US with such as Seattle, Chicago and Houston short-listed.

PAL currently operates 43 weekly flights nonstop to five US destinations – New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Honolulu and Vancouver in Canada.