PAL cuts back on flights to Auckland due to New Zealand fuel shortage

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2017 09:29 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2017 02:34 PM

MANILA – Philippine Airlines (PAL) will soon cut back on flights from Manila to Auckland, New Zealand due to a fuel crisis that hit the city.

In a statement Friday, the flag carrier said it was limiting flights to Auckland to twice a week from the usual four flights weekly due to a "ruptured aviation fuel supply pipeline" in Auckland.

"The damaged pipeline has resulted in the temporary rationing of fuel supplies used by all airlines for departures from Auckland airport," the statement read.

The PAL flight passes through Cairns, Australia. 

Flights to Cairns (CNS) and Auckland (AKL) scheduled next week will also be affected:

 

  • PR 218 MNL-CNS-AKL Sept. 24 will be accommodated on Sept. 25
  • PR219 AKL-CNS-MNL Sept. 25 will be accommodated on Sept. 26
  • PR 218 MNL-CNS-AKL Sept. 27 will be accommodated on Sept. 28
  •  PR219 AKL-CNS-MNL Sept. 28 will be accommodated on Sept. 29

The airline said it will use the 363-seater A330 to be able to load up in Cairns, Australia the fuel needed for the Cairns-Auckland-Cairns route.

“Despite the impact on cost of the aircraft upgrading, PAL opted to carry out such measure to ensure that operations between the two cities continue for the benefit of the flying public,” it said.