PAL beefs up flights for the holidays

Upgrades some International and domestic routes

December 18, 2009

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Thursday that it has added domestic and international flight frequencies, new routes, and bigger aircraft to accommodate the expected rise in travelers during the duration of the holiday season.

In a Press Statement, the airline said that additional weekly frequencies on certain trans-Pacific and two domestic routes were increased while flights to Australia, Guam and several regional destinations were upgraded to bigger aircraft to meet demand.

The frequencies to Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Sydney and Melbourne have been increased by one to two more flights per week, while two to three weekly flights were added to Singapore and Bangkok.

A total of eight international charters and two extra flights are also scheduled on various routes and dates stated as follows:

* Taipei-Kalibo-Taipei: December 16, 2009 to March 27, 2010
* Cebu-Incheon (South Korea)-Cebu: December 24, 2009 onwards
* Manila-Kansai (Japan)-Cebu-Manila: December 30, 2009
* Manila-Cebu-Kansai-Manila: January 3, 2010
* Manila-Haneda (Japan)-Cebu: December 30, 2009
* Cebu-Haneda-Manila: January 2, 2010
* Cebu-Narita-Cebu: January 4, 2010
* Cebu-Narita-Manila: January 8, 2010

PAL said that due to heavy passenger demand for the routes, they will also use bigger aircraft on the following destinations:

* Melbourne-Sydney: December 18 to 19, 2009 (B747-400)
* Guam: December 18 to 19, 2009 and January 2 to 3, 2010 (A330)
* Singapore: January 2 and 3, 2010 (A330)
* Hong Kong: December 20 and 26, and January 2 and 3, 2010 (B747, A330, and B777-300ER)
* Macau: December 20, 2009 and January 3, 2010 (A330)
* Bangkok: December 26, 29, and 30, 2009, and January 3, 2010 (B747-400)

The airline also said that a thrice-a-day flights to Kalibo were increased to 29 flights a week, while the daily service to Butuan was increased to 11 times a week.

Meanwhile, Boracay-bound passengers will find the thrice-a-day flights to Kalibo increased to 29 flights a week. PAL also hiked the daily service to Butuan to 11 times a week. Special flight to Dipolog as well as other domestic destinations are also scheduled for the holiday season.

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