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.