One of the most popular destinations for international travellers to the Philippines, the Island of Cebu will be linked from March 15, 2016 as Philippine Airlines is announcing the launch of three weekly services to Los Angeles. The new service has been made possible as the United States upgraded in 2014 the safety status of Philippines Civil Aviation to category 1.
The start of the new service will commence on a milestone date – PAL’s 75th founding anniversary.
The thrice weekly service will utilize the 254-seater bi-class Airbus A340 with 36 lie-flat seats on business class and 218 seats on regular economy.
“Our customers in the Visayas and Mindanao have long clamoured for direct flights between Cebu and the US due to the travel convenience this will bring. One can simply take a short hop to Cebu from any point in the Visayas and Mindanao and connect to Los Angeles, instead of flying all the way to Manila,” PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista explained.
Philippines Airlines currently operates 35 weekly flights to mainland USA and two US territories combined. From Manila, PAL operates eleven weekly flights to Los Angeles, ten weekly flights to San Francisco and four weekly flights to New York. PAL has five weekly flights each to Guam and Honolulu. The new US service from Cebu will bring to 38 the total number of weekly frequencies to the USA, making the carrier the largest ASEAN carrier to North America with Singapore Airlines.
The new service to the US brings to 34 the total number of international flights operating out of Mactan International Airport, considered a major hub next to the NAIA terminals in Manila.
PAL flies out of Cebu to Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul and Tokyo Narita. The airline also offers domestic services from Cebu to Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Tacloban and Manila.