Philippine Airlines to Expand Network from Secondary Destinations

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Philippine Airlines is receiving new aircraft which helps to boost frequencies and open new routes out of secondary destinations in the country. Davao will be particularly favoured. Normal as Philippines President Duterte used to be the mayor of the Mindanao capital.

Philippine Airlines is to boost operations at its secondary hubs as the national carrier is receiving new aircraft. This year will see the integration of 15 new machines, including six Airbus A321neo, four A350-900 and five Bombardier Q400s. 
New frequencies are due to serve Cebu, Clark and Davao, the latter being particularly favoured as it has been for a long time the stronghold of Filipino President Rodrigo. He has been either almost uninterrupted vice-mayor or mayor for the city between 1986 and 2016. 
The decision to redeploy more flights outside Manila is also due to existing saturation at the national air gateway NAIA. As stated by PAL president and CEO Jaime J. Bautista, Philippine Airlines is no longer “just a Manila-centric airline” but one with global ambitions. “Our new aircraft and our new hubs are a winning combination that will help expand our market reach both domestically and worldwide,” he said to Routes online publication.
In total, PAL will integrate 21 new aircraft until the end of 2019. Especially the carrier will continue to renew its long-haul fleet with two further Airbus A350 joining next year the fleet.
 This year, PAL will open three new destinations out of Manila with a much expected non-stop flight to New York  JFK by October 28. There is also a strong possibility that Toronto will be served by a non-stop flight instead of a stop-over in Vancouver.

During the fourth quarter, the carrier is also planning to launch non-stop services to India with frequencies to both New Delhi and Mumbai. This follows the wish from the government and particularly the Philippines Department of Tourism to have non-stop air services to India, considered an important market for the Philippines.

From Davao, the carrier is also assessing the possibility to serve Japan as well as Bangkok.

Increased frequencies are planned for Cebu-Siargao (twice daily by end of April); Davao-Clark (daily from later this year); Cebu-Clark (from seven to ten weekly flights from 28 April); and an upgrade to a widebody A330 or A340 aircraft on selected Manila-Cebu and Manila-Davao flights.

The upgrade to larger aircraft is also to compensate for the temporary closure of Boracay Island following President Duterte to totally clean up one of Philippines’ favourite destinations for international travellers. They are plans to add more flights from Korea and China to Cebu to balance Boracay losses.

PAL aims to have a fleet of 100 aircraft by 2020 and is further evaluating a return to Continental Europe. Among the European candidates, PAL is looking at serving either Frankfurt, Munich, Paris or Rome. In North America, PAL is also studying direct services to Chicago and Seattle.