January 19, 2011
MANILA, Philippines - The Indian government has relaxed visa rules to attract more Filipino visitors, said flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), which will launch its Manila-New Delhi service in March.
"I am happy to announce that we will extend our visa-on-arrival facility to nationals of…the Philippines…with effect from January 1, 2011," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying.
PAL will start flights between Manila and New Delhi on March 27. This new route expands PAL's international network to 26 points in 15 countries.
"This will give PAL a presence in South Asia for the first time since 1994," the Lucio Tan-led airline said.
PAL's New Delhi service will operate 6 times weekly, with 3 non-stop flights from Manila and 3 flights routed via Bangkok.
The direct service (PR758) departs Manila every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 9:10 p.m. Arrival at the new Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport is at 1:10 a.m. the following day.
The return flight, PR 759, departs Delhi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. and arrives in Manila at 12 noon.
The one-stop service via Bangkok (PR752) meanwhile, departs Manila every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:45 p.m. Arrival in the Thai capital is at 9:05 p.m. the same day, while arrival in New Delhi is at 1:10 a.m. the following day.