Starts A320 flight by April
February 19, 2012
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start offering direct flights to Bali, Indonesia in March, President Jaime Bautista said at the opening of the 19th Travel Tour Expo 2012 recently.
“We are looking at the possibility of flying to Bali...If we get all the permits within the month, we should be able to start flying end of March or early April. We will only fly three times a week because that is part of developing the market.”
An Airbus 320 aircraft will be used for the flights that will land directly at the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport from Manila. This will be the second airport in Indonesia where PAL is flying into whose flight is code-shared with Garuda Airlines. The airline currently offers daily flights to Jakarta.
Bautista said offering direct flights to Bali will enable the airline to maximize the use of its planes.
“There is clamor for it already. It will allow us to increase utilization of our planes because when we fly to Bali, we will fly at night because that is the time when our planes are parked in Manila. That will help us raise our revenues,” he said.
The airline is also on the final planning stage of connecting Davao to Singapore and Hong Kong on a midnight run also on the same A320 aircraft.
The Travel Tour Expo is an annual travel and tourism event organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) to showcase domestic and international products and services in the tourism sector. - with reports from the Philippine Star.