MANILA – Philippine Airlines on Tuesday said government asked it to "fast-track" its study on possible flights from Manila to Israel's capital, Tel Aviv.
Flying to Israel for the first time will entail securing rights to Saudi airspace and the flag carrier is working on this with the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aeronautics Board, PAL president Jaime Bautista told reporters.
"There’s a clamor from even our government for Philippine Airlines to operate to Tel Aviv that started with President Duterte’s visit," Bautista said. President Rodrigo Duterte was on a 4-day visit to Israel in September last year.
Baustista said PAL held a "few meetings" with the Israeli embassy in Manila over the planned flights.
It will take about 6 months after the permit to use the Saudi Arabian airspace before Manila to Tel Aviv flights can operate, Baustista said.