PAL unveils int'l routes for peak season

Published October 8, 2021, 11:30 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla


Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Oct. 8, 2021 announced its long-haul routes for the holiday peak season that begins late this month.

The flights will serve the US.and Canadian East and West Coast as well as Europe and Hawaii.

Manila – Los Angeles – Manila: 10 to 12 weekly flights Manila – San Francisco – Manila:

Daily flights Manila – New York – Manila: Two to three weekly flights Manila – London – Manila:

Twice monthly special flights Manila – Honolulu – Manila:

Two to three weekly flights Manila – Vancouver – Manila: Three to four weekly flights Manila – Toronto – Manila: Once weekly flights

PAL is the only Filipino airline operating long-haul routes beyond 10 hours flying time to key global destinations, including ultra-long-range nonstop services to New York and Toronto that use transpolar routes over the Arctic region.

The flag carrier’s special flights between Manila and London (Heathrow) are set for the following dates:

October 5 and 26, 2021; November 9 and 23, 2021; December 7 and 14, 2021; as well as January 4 and 11, 2022.

“We are heeding the call for more flights to and from the US Mainland, Canada, and the UK to serve many of our fellow Filipinos who want to rejoin their families in time for the Christmas holidays,” according to PAL Senior VP and Chief Strategy and Planning Officer Dexter C. Lee.

“As travel restrictions ease in coming months, our nonstop global links can help the Philippines stage a comeback in tourism,” he noted.

To increase connectivity to other cities in the western U.S. mainland, PAL has launched services between Manila and Seattle (Washington), Las Vegas (Nevada) and Portland (Oregon) via Honolulu, in a tie-up with interline partner Hawaiian Airlines.

“We are broadening airline partnerships in order to provide our customers a convenient way to fly to these major cities in the Pacific Northwest and Sunbelt regions of the United States, or from these areas to the Philippines,” explained PAL Senior VP for Sales and Marketing Oscar A. Reyes.

“We urge travelers to enjoy a free overnight stay in Honolulu on the westbound flight to Manila, a package which includes land transfers and free baggage allowance,” he added.

Regular flights to various points in the Middle East (Dubai, Dammam, Doha and Riyadh) and Asia (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and several cities in Japan) are also slated for increases as travel demand recovers in line with easing of restrictions.

Furthermore, PAL is set to mount special flights to Australian points (Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney) and Auckland, New Zealand, averaging several flights every month.

The flag carrier is keenly eyeing the plans of the Australian Government to reopen regular international travel to and from Australia.

However, the plans for these routes and schedules are subject to change or adjustments in compliance with changing government travel restrictions and pandemic-related developments that affect travel demand.

The flag carrier is assigning modern Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 long-range aircraft for the mainland U.S. and London flights, as well as tri-class Airbus A330s for the flights to Hawaii and Australia.