Philippine Airlines to Stop Flights to Darwin

Philippines, air transport, PAL

According to Australian newspapers, Philippine Airlines is due to axe Darwin in Northern Australia from next year. The airline indicated to an inquiry that it will pull-out its stop-over in Darwin on the route Manila-Darwin-Brisbane. The airline is currently flying the route four times a week. The route will however be terminated from March 24, 2018.

However, the airline plans to offer a non-stop service between Manila and Brisbane, as soon as the new airbus A321neo will join PAL fleet, normally by the end of March. The carrier is meanwhile considering to even add more frequencies between Manila and Brisbane.

The carrier continues to adjust its intercontinental network due to a weaker demand from February. Starting from February, the carrier will reduce the total number of weekly flights tDubai (from February 6), to Damman (from February 19) and to Riyadh (February 20). Frequencies to London Heathrow will go during February from seven to six.

However, the carrier is still considering to add over the next year new routes to Europe, India, Japan and China. The carrier is still envisioning to add a second destination in Europe. According to CEO Jaime Bautista, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris and Rome are under consideration. PAL CEO is also looking to re-introduce routes to India, after the carrier pulled out in 2013 from Bangalore and Delhi.

Among other air routes into consideration in 2018 are new frequencies to Japan as well as China PRC. Demand from China is growing rapidly, following a warming in relations between the Philippines and China PRC.