PAL, Emirates expand interline partnership

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Emirates expanded their interline agreement so Emirates’ passengers can access domestic points in PAL's network via Cebu and Clark, the flag carrier announced Thursday, Aug. 17.

Passengers can also fly on PAL flights via Dubai to connect to Emirates’ network in Europe, Africa, and other parts of the Middle East.  

Covering all three gateways in the Philippines served by Emirates – Manila, Cebu and Clark – the expanded partnership provides seamless connectivity for passengers to reach more destinations nationwide using a single ticket and a convenient baggage policy. 

Emirates’ passengers can enjoy a convenient booking process to destinations in PAL’s network including Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Caticlan and Puerto Princesa via Cebu; as well as Cebu, Caticlan and Busuanga via Clark.  

PAL's passengers likewise benefit from the expanded interline agreement because they can book Emirates-operated flights to Amman, Birmingham, Cape Town, Dammam, Dublin, Lisbon, Manchester, Muscat, and Riyadh via Dubai. 

PAL operates daily flights between Manila and Dubai, enabling convenient connections to European, African and Middle Eastern destinations. 

The arrangement allows passengers to obtain their boarding passes and check through their baggage, all the way to their final destination.  

The expansion comes after PAL  and Emirates first announced their interline agreement to serve growing demand by providing travelers with more choice and flexibility, as well as enhanced customer experiences.

PAL first served the Middle East route in 1947 and has been serving the United Arab Emirates since 1982. 

The flag carrier now operates 24 weekly flights to three countries in the Middle East, along with the nonstop services across the Pacific Ocean to gateways in the East and West Coasts of both Canada and the United States. 

Emirates has been flying to the Philippines since 1990 and currently operates 25 weekly flights to Manila, Cebu and Clark.

The airline is the only air carrier to offer a First-Class product on flights to Manila, serving premium travelers in the market. 

With 29 codeshare and 110 interline partners, Emirates’ global footprint encompasses destinations far beyond its own network, offering increased connectivity and convenient options for travelers.