Philippine Airlines will ramp up services to major
international and domestic destinations during the upcoming peak summer
travel period, highlighted by the upgrading of its Vancouver service to
a daily frequency and the addition of flights to local tourist hotspots
Boracay and Busuanga.
From March 23, PAL will operate a direct flight
to Vancouver every Monday and Wednesday, filling the only two days
of the week when the service does not operate.
other five days, however, the new service will not continue on to
Las Vegas and will operate simply on a turnaround basis.
It injects much-needed capacity into PALís Vancouver route, the
only direct link between Canada and the Philippines, and has long
been sought by the sizeable Filipino migrant community in Canada
as well as by the business and leisure segments of the market.
PR 116 will depart Manila every Monday and Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.,
arriving in Vancouver at 10:20 a.m. the same day. The return
service, PR 117, will depart Vancouver at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in
Manila at 5:50 p.m. the next day.
Widebody Airbus A340-300
aircraft, which seats 264 passengers in a bi-class layout, will
continue to be deployed on the route.
five-times-a-week service from Manila to Vancouver, onward to Las
Vegas and vice-versa, operated every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, will be maintained.
will add one weekly flight each to its popular trans-Pacific
services to the U.S. West Coast gateways of Los Angeles and San
Francisco for the duration of the summer.
An extra Airbus
A340-300 flight will operate to Los Angeles every Friday from
April 10 to June 19 while another A340-300 flight will serve San
Francisco every Sunday from April 12 to June 21.
additional flights increase total frequency to Los Angeles to ten
times weekly and to San Francisco to eight times weekly for the
In the domestic sector, the flag carrierís
low-fares, turbo-propeller unit PAL Express will mount more
flights across its network of secondary domestic routes,
particularly to island destinations that are huge tourist draws
during the summer months.
From March 20, PAL Express will
add one daily flight between Manila and Caticlan, gateway to the
resort island of Boracay, boosting total frequency on the busy
route to 11 flights daily.
On the same day, PAL Express
will operate a second daily frequency between Manila and Busuanga,
the largest of the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan
that host the countryís most exclusive beach resorts.
new frequency is an afternoon service that complements the current
morning flight. PR 033 departs Manila at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in
Busuanga at 2:05 p.m. Return flight PR 034 departs Busuanga at
2:30 p.m. and arrives in Manila at 3:35 p.m.
will also add two weekly flights between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro
to increase total frequency to five times weekly.
Likewise, PAL will augment its regular jet services between Manila
and Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi,
Puerto Princesa and Tacloban with additional flights of varying
frequency throughout the summer season.
other recent news regarding: