Philippines carriers boost their international network

Philippines Airlines and Cebu Pacific are resuming international flights by adding more destinations out of Manila NAIA. PAL relaunched over the week end its flights to Vancouver.

The country’s major airlines operating from Ninoy Aquino International Airport are resuming flights and increasing flight frequencies to various international destinations this August. Among the destinations that will be flown again by Philippines national carrier are Vancouver, Honolulu, Singapore, Dubai, Dammam, Doha and London. The carrier will also offer sporadic frequencies to Australia, Bangkok and Jakarta.

Details provided by PAL show that the carrier resumed on August 1st its route to Vancouver with two flights a week; it launched on Monday three flights a week to Singapore with a fourth frequency added from August 17. It also resumed this week two frequencies per week to Dammam in Saudi Arabia as well as to Dubai. On August 6, PAL will also fly again once a week to Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. The carrier is also resuming its air service to London Heathrow with a weekly flight as well as to Hawaii. Honolulu is due to be served by a weekly frequency from August 6.

PAL will also propose a couple of flights during the month to Bangkok (August 5, 15 and 29), to Jakarta (August 9 and 23), to Sydney (August 14 and 28) as well as to Port Moresby in Papua-New Guinea (August 27).

Philippines Airlines’ competitor Cebu Pacific started on the week end two weekly services to Tokyo-Narita. It will add two weekly services to Singapore and to Taipei respectively on August 6 and August 7. “We are taking a conservative and agile approach to rebuilding our international network,” declared to the newspaper “Inquirer” Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and customer experience of Cebu Pacific.

AirAsia Philippines is also offering a return flight on August 4 to Kuala Lumpur.

Airlines are reinstating some international frequencies as the government recently decided to ease restrictions for Filipinos living abroad as well as some foreign nationals.  The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has allowed the entry of foreign spouses, minor children including children with special needs of Filipino nationals, and foreign parents of minor Filipino nationals with valid visas. Foreign nationals are also allowed to return to the country if they have a long-term visa. The new rule became effective on August 1.

The Department of Tourism is pulling out all the stops to ensure that health and safety measures are in place in the country’s tourist destinations.