Flag carrier Philippine Airlines announced yesterday it will re-introduce a nonstop Cebu-Los Angeles service in May 2020, restoring the only direct air link between the Visayas and Mainland USA.
Residents of various cities in the Visayas and Mindanao will enjoy convenient connections via Cebu for their travels to Los Angeles – America’s entertainment capital and gateway to Southern California.
The new service will help boost Philippine tourism, as US-based leisure and business travelers can now avail of the fastest and easiest travel option: A single flight nonstop to the Queen City of the South, vs less convenient options that involve transfer flight connections via other Asian airports.
Moreover, American tourists may now take advantage of Cebu’s excellent hub transit facilities to transfer to connecting PAL flights from Cebu to Siargao, Camiguin, Davao, Boracay, Coron, Bacolod, Iloilo and other fabled holiday destinations for some sun and sea recreation and other nature adventures.
The launch of the new service will increase PAL’s network offering to a total of 64 flights weekly to the USA, Canada and the US territory of Guam.
PAL’s Cebu-Los Angeles flights will depart three times weekly for Los Angeles from the new Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, utilizing PAL’s largest aircraft, the 370 seater Boeing 777-300ER.
Starting from May 2, 2020, PAL Flight PR152 (CEB-LAX) will depart Cebu at 9 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrive in Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. on the same days. For the LAX-CEB journey, PR 153 will leave Los Angeles at 11 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, touching down two days later in Cebu at 5 a.m. after a 14-hour nonstop flight.