PAL now flies over Siberia en route to London


Posted at Jul 24 2014 02:30 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2014 10:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday said its Manila-London and London-Manila flights now fly over Siberia.

In a statement, PAL said the route does not fly over any conflict zone and provides shorter and more competitive flight times for passengers.

PAL noted this is the quickest option between Manila and London, allowing the airline to save on fuel consumption.

PAL is the only Philippine carrier which has direct flights between Manila and London.

Siberia makes up nearly all of Northern Asia. It covers 77 percent of Russia’s territory, but the preferred airspace is nowhere near conflict and no-fly zones.

PAL had earlier allayed passengers' fears following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, saying it follows regulations on flight paths and complies with all safety advisories covering allowed flight routes, areas of restriction or conflict areas.