PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBAN

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced on Tuesday that it will resume flights between Manila and Bali starting July 1, as part of its international expansion amid the reopening of international travel.

“From July 1st, PAL will fly thrice weekly services between Manila and Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport,” the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

PAL said it is keen on gradually reopening flights to key destinations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as many countries in the region are now reopening their borders to visitors.

It will offer two additional weekly flights from Aug. 1,  increasing frequencies to five times weekly, before ramping up to daily flights by Oct. 4.

At the same time, PAL announced that it would offer higher kilograms (kg) of free baggage allowance on domestic turboprop flights starting June 15.

PAL will “offer up to 20kg free baggage allowance (FBA) on domestic flights operated with the De Havilland Dash-8 turboprop aircraft — doubling the previous maximum FBA of 10kg for turboprop flights,” it said in a separate statement.

The airline hopes to provide more flexibility and convenience to its domestic customers.

“Passengers with old and new tickets issued for travel on or after June 15 will be allowed to check-in up to 20kg on applicable booking classes for all routes, with the exception of Basco (Batanes),” it said.

“The current FBA of 10kg will be retained for flights to and from Basco because of unique operational conditions that limit the baggage capacity on these flights,” it added. — Arjay L. Balinbin