MANILA – Philippine Airlines said Wednesday it would increase flights to China, with Chinese tourist arrivals expected to grow.
Starting March 25, flights between the Philippines and Greater China will increase to 103 times a week from 99 times, PAL said in an advisory.
Relations between the Manila and Beijing improved under President Rodrigo Duterte, who refused to flaunt the Philippines' legal victory against China in an international court over disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
PAL's Manila-Jinjiang-Manila and Manila-Guangzhou (Canton) routes will now operate daily from the current 5 times a week schedule.
Daily flights from Manila to Jinjiang PR356 leaves Manila at 11 am and arrives at 1:40 pm. Flight PR357 departs from Jinjiang at 2:30 pm and touches down in Manila at 4:40 pm.
The Manila to Guangzhou flight PR382 departs from Manila at 2:30 am and touches down in Guangzhou at 5:00 am, while PR383 leaves Guangzhou at 6:30 am and arrives in Manila at 8:30 am.
PAL said it was planning to expand operations in Tianjin, Shenzhen and Nanning, which has a combined total population of 33.8 million.