Philippine Airlines will add more than 1,500 international and domestic flights this month, the flag carrier says, as the nation begins receiving tourists from abroad again following a decline in COVID-19 cases.
The 1,500-plus flights represent a 52 percent increase in regular scheduled flights, demonstrating the airline’s confidence that tourist and business travel will rebound strongly in the coming months as artificial barriers fall and the pandemic recedes significantly.
The acting president and chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines, Capt. Stanley Ng said: “We are seizing the opportunity to intensify our efforts to promote international tourist travel to the Philippines, as well as to respond to rising demand for flights to serve overseas Filipinos and a recovering economy.”
PAL are reasonably optimistic that air travel will rebound in the months ahead, signaling a resurgence for Philippine tourism, according to Ng.
In March 2022, PAL offers a broader range of nonstop flights to North America, the Middle East, and Asia.
PAL’s flights to the United States and Canada will increase by more than 24%, with Los Angeles getting 11 flights per week. Flights will arrive in San Francisco on a daily basis. By April, additional weekly services will be available in New York, Vancouver, Honolulu, Toronto, and Guam.
Southeast Asia is expected to see a 98% increase. PAL’s Manila-Singapore route will increase to 14 weekly flights in March, and then to 28 weekly flights in subsequent months. PAL will also increase flights to Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.
Furthermore, routes to Japan will be expanded by approximately 11%, with additional services to Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. PAL currently has the largest network of flights to multiple destinations in Japan.