More PAL flights in October for ‘winter season’

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Philippine Airlines (PAL)

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is adding more local and international flights from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao as it braces for the coming of the “winter season” next month.

In a statement on Thursday, the flag carrier said it would increase the frequency of flights to 34 domestic and 42 overseas destinations starting Oct. 28.

“Our goal is to address the travel needs of our various customers and extend PAL’s reach to the country’s global markets. PAL’s expanded network will encourage more business activity as flight frequencies meet business travelers’ requirements, while leisure travelers will enjoy more options to plan better vacations,” it said.

The additional flights will also use its newly bought aircraft, the long-range Airbus A350-900 and mid-range A321neo, for the first time for an entire season.

“The expansion of flight frequencies is just one of many initiatives undertaken by the 4-Star airline to strengthen its position as the country’s preferred premier carrier,” it said.

Earlier this year, PAL had been awarded by international air transport rating organization Skytrax a four-star rating, which makes the company the first airline in the country to receive the highest rating.

Aside from expanded frequencies, PAL will also launch its flights to Sapporo on Oct. 8, will start flying its first nonstop flight to New York, will open a five times weekly flight to San Vicente airport in Palawan, and will begin a new route from Clark to Cauayan in Isabela and San Jose in Mindoro.

“Our inbound passengers from Asia, Australia and North America will enjoy smoother connections to various points in our island provinces and our Asian neighborhood,” it said. — Denise A. Valdez