MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines will take over the Manila-Dubai route, which is currently being serviced by low cost carrier unit PAL Express.
"We (PAL) are planning to take over the Dubai route from PAL Express. We are looking at April," Jaime Bautista, president and chief operating officer of PAL, said.
This is part of the airline's rationalization plan, which would allow PAL to focus on international routes and PAL Express on domestic routes. The only exception is Cebu and Davao, which will still be serviced by PAL.
"We want PAL Express to concentrate on the domestic routes," Bautista said.
PAL Express operates 24 aircraft of the PAL Group's fleet of 74 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.