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PAL cancels 29 flights, plans to operate new routes from Clark

Posted on September 01, 2016

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) canceled 29 domestic flights starting September, as the flag carrier prepares to operate new flights out of Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

Philippine Airlines planes taxi at Manila’s international airport in this file photo taken on Sept. 9, 2014. -- AFP
In a travel advisory posted on its Web site, PAL said it will be implementing changes in domestic flight schedules starting Sept. 1 amid worsening congestion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) four terminals.

“These moves are being carried out in support of the government’s thrust to decongest [NAIA],” the Lucio Tan-led carrier said.

The canceled flights are as follows:

Manila to Caticlan (PR2045, PR2051, PR2057, PR2041, PR2049 and PR2063);

Caticlan to Manila (PR2046, PR2052, PR2058, PR2042, PR2050 and PR2064);

Manila to Cebu (PR1857 and PR2841);

Cebu to Manila (PR1858, PR1862, PR1868 and PR2842);

Manila to Calbayog (PR2071);

Calbayog to Manila (PR2072);

Manila to Kalibo (PR2975);

Manila to Laoag (PR2196);

Laoag to Manila (PR2197);

Manila to Legaspi (PR2927);

Legaspi to Manila (PR2928);

Manila to Tablas (PR2077);

Tablas to Manila (PR2078);

Manila to Tuguegarao (PR2014); and

Tuguegarao to Manila (PR2015).

PAL said it will notify the affected passengers of their new flight schedules. Passengers can also opt to rebook their flights or reroute their flight to the nearest destination of their choice. No rebooking, change and refund fees will be imposed on these affected flights.

Earlier this month, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it would implement a four-point program in addressing flight delays and congestion woes at NAIA.

“We will transfer General Aviation to Sangley, we will do it in stages and we’re prohibiting them from operating from 12 noon until 7 p.m.,” DoTr Undersecretary for Transportation-Aviation and Airports Robert Lim was quoted as saying in a previous statement.

According to PAL’s latest quarterly report, the flag carrier posted a 21% decline in its first-half net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company to P4.5 billion from P5.8 billion year-on-year.

Total expenses in the first six months of the year widened by 5.4% to P27.2 billion on the back of “higher maintenance, reservation and sales, aircraft and traffic servicing and passenger service offset by lower expenses related to flying operations.”

Majority of the expenses went to maintenance, which amounted to P3.55 billion during the first semester from P2.68 billion a year ago. -- Monica M. Hernandez