Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is ramping up domestic and international operations for the next two months, a peak travel season due to the Christmas holidays.
PAL said in a statement Tuesday that it would open up new routes from Cebu and Clark. It will also increase Cebu-to-Bangkok flights next month, apart from the launch of nonstop operations between Manila and Toronto, Canada, starting Dec. 16, 2017.
Starting Dec. 1, PAL said it would open new domestic routes from Cebu in a bid to “enhance the Visayan hub’s connectivity with northern Mindanao and the Bicol region.”
The new routes, which will use PAL’s Bombardier Q400 turboprops, are Cebu-Siargao, Cebu-Camiguin, Cebu-Ozamiz and Cebu-Legaspi.
From Cebu, PAL already operates flights to and from Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan, Caticlan, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Siargao, Tacloban and Tagbilaran.
Also on Dec. 1, PAL will launch Cebu flights to Siargao, Camiguin and Ozamiz in Mindanao.
“The new flights are part of the ongoing expansion of PAL Cebu, considered the flag carrier’s primary hub outside Manila,” PAL said in its statement.
PAL also noted that thrice weekly flights from Cebu to Bangkok, Thailand, would start on Dec. 2. Other international destinations from Cebu include Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Singapore, Chengdu and Beijing.
PAL is also bolstering connectivity to Clark International Airport, a gateway located north of Metro Manila.
It will launch on Dec. 1 flights from Clark to Masbate, Calbayog and Catarman. PAL’s 86-seater, dual-class Bombardier Q400s will serve the new domestic connections from Pampanga.
On Dec. 15, more routes via Clark will be launched. These are Clark to Bacolod and Tagbilaran. Clark flights to Virac and Cagayan de Oro are set to begin on Dec. 10 and 16, respectively.
It also identified new routes to be launched by Jan. 15, 2018. These are Clark to Naga and Legaspi.
PAL’s current routes from Clark include flights to Busuanga, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao and Puerto Princesa.
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