PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) announced on Wednesday the resumption of its services to the United Kingdom, with special flights between Manila and London on Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 7 and 21, and Oct. 5.

“The new flights mark the return of the Philippines’ sole nonstop link to Western Europe more than seven months after PAL suspended London flights last December 23 after the [government] imposed severe restrictions on inbound travel from the UK,” the flag carrier said in a statement.

The airline said all flights will operate nonstop.

PAL said that the scheduled special flights could pave the way for the airline to resume more regular weekly flights to London “if demand can be sustained.”

The flag carrier noted that the UK is home to 200,000 Filipinos.

The UK was also the “top generator of European visitors to the Philippines before the global pandemic, with approximately 209,000 UK residents visiting in 2019,” it said.

“A return to daily or multiple weekly flights will ultimately depend on a careful evaluation of the market situation as the pandemic recedes,” PAL added. — Arjay L. Balinbin