MANILA -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to fly to one new domestic and 11 new international destinations this year as the flag carrier undertakes a re-fleeting program.
PAL President Ramon S. Ang said the carrier is set to mount flights to new locations in Australia, China, Malaysia, and the Middle East, and to a prime local tourist spot, Batanes.
In a briefing on Friday, Ang said PAL will start flying to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on May 2; to Darwin, Brisbane, and Perth (Australia) on June 1; Guangzhou (China) on June 2; Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Oct. 1; Dubai (UAE) on Nov. 1; Doha (Qatar) on Nov. 1; and Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam (Saudi Arabia) on Dec. 1.
Manila to Basco, Batanes flights, meanwhile, will begin on May 1.
Ang said the country's current good economic conditions are among the factors behind PAL's aggressive expansion of routes.
PAL, together with its sister carrier PAL Express, currently flies to 32 domestic and 28 international destinations.