Philippine Airlines (PAL) has unveiled plans to
expand its network with new routes to Hanoi (Vietnam), Phnom Penh
(Cambodia) and New Delhi (India) from its Manila hub, starting
this summer season.
This latest expansion creates the first direct air link between
Philippines and the capital of Cambodia, expands PAL’s existing
Vietnam network and reestablishes a historic link to India.
“Philippine Airlines' strategic vision is to
make Philippines a true gateway to Asia. We are the Southeast
Asian airline with the biggest and most extensive network of
direct flights to the US and Canada, and thus we can be the leader
in carrying North American travelers to India, Cambodia and
Vietnam via our Manila hub,” said PAL President and COO,
Jaime J. Bautista. “We will leverage Manila’s excellent
geographical location as an ideal stopover point for people flying
to Southeast and South Asia from the East and West Coasts of North
PAL currently operates 43 weekly flights
nonstop from six North American destinations: New York, Los
Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Honolulu and Vancouver. This
comprehensive network, flown by PAL’s latest-technology Boeing
777, Airbus A350 and Airbus A330 aircraft, will generate passenger
travel flows into Hanoi, Delhi, Phnom Penh and other destinations
in the ASEAN region and beyond. PAL also operates seven weekly
flights from the U.S. territory of Guam.
“Vietnam and Cambodia
are emerging markets and economic centers that need connections to
the rest of the world. We are excited to introduce their excellent
tourist attractions to more and more Western travelers, including
Filipino Americans,” added Mr. Bautista. “PAL also looks forward
to serving the many ethnic Vietnamese and Cambodian people who are
now US and Canadian citizens.”
Flights between Manila and Hanoi will operate
four times weekly (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday) starting 31 March
2019 with PR 595 departing at 22:25 and arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at
00:45 the following day. Return
flights via PR 596 leave Hanoi every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday at 01:45 and touch down in Manila at 05:30.
Flights between Manila and Phnom Penh will operate five times
weekly (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday) starting 1 April
2019 with PR 521 departing at 22:10 and arriving at Phnom Penh
International Airport at 23:45. Return flights via PR 522 leave
Phnom Penh every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
at 00:45 and touch down in Manila at 04:20.
maintain its current 8 weekly flights between Manila and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), a city served by the
flag carrier since the mid-1980s.
For Hanoi and Phnom
Penh, PAL will utilize a 156-seater Airbus A320 and a 199-seater
Airbus A321 Classic.
PAL Returns to India
The long-heralded return of PAL to the Indian
market will provide a welcome boost to the tourism industries of
both Philippines and India. The airline previously flew the
Manila – Delhi route from 2011 to 2013, with most flights
making costly stopovers in Bangkok due to the limited range of the
Airbus A320 aircraft then in use. PAL also served Kolkata
(Calcutta) as a key stopover point on the flag carrier’s
multi-stop Manila-Europe services in the 1950s.
targeting April 2019 as the start of the New Delhi service subject
to final slot and operational clearances with the Indian authorities. The new route is slated to run four times weekly
nonstop between Manila and New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport using brand-new Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Mr. Bautista said, “India is the air travel growth market of
the future and a new economic power, so our link to Delhi improves
the Philippines’ connectivity with the global economy. We are
enthusiastic about our new Delhi route because, for the first
time, we have the right-sized aircraft for the Indian market. Our
Airbus A321neo’s long-range capability makes direct nonstop
flights possible, and this new plane features 168 seats configured
specially for long-haul travel, making the 6 hour and 50 minutes Manila-Delhi flight more comfortable and pleasant.”
A321neo also offers passengers full-flat business class seats,
generous legroom and the latest in entertainment systems and Wi-Fi
connectivity. The aircraft is also flying nonstop to Sydney,
Brisbane, Port Moresby and Sapporo at present.
To serve the strategic goal of strengthening the Philippines as a
network hub, PAL is also increasing the number of weekly
flights to certain destinations during the Summer 2019 travel
season, as follows:
• Cebu to Nagoya: from 4 weekly to
• Manila to Osaka (nonstop): from 7 to 11 weekly
• Manila to Bangkok: from 21 to 25 weekly flights
Manila to Kuala Lumpur: from 7 to 11 weekly flights
• Manila to
Jakarta: from 7 to 10 weekly flights
• Manila to Los Angeles:
from 14 to 17 times weekly
• Manila to San Francisco: from 10
to 14 times weekly
• Manila to New York JFK: from 5 weekly to
• Manila to Toronto: from 5 weekly to daily
• Manila to Sydney: from 7 to 9 weekly flights
Manila to Brisbane: from 4 to 5 weekly flights
• Manila to
Taipei: from 10 to 14 weekly flights
• Manila to Doha: from 4
to 5 weekly flights
The above expansion marks the first
time an airline will offer more than four daily flights linking
Manila with the U.S. West Coast (totaling 31 weekly flights to
California alone) along with daily services on ultra-long-range
routes to both New York and Toronto on the US/Canadian East Coast.
PAL’s Manila-New York nonstops are the longest commercial
route operated by any airline to New York’s JFK Airport, and the
eighth longest commercial airline route in the world.
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