PAL offers free tickets to kin of slain HK tourists

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2010 07:46 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2010 03:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is offering free round-trip tickets to relatives of Hong Kong nationals who were killed or hospitalized during Monday’s tragic hijacking of a tourist bus in Manila.

Harry Tan, chairman of PAL’s executive committee, said PAL will shoulder the air fares of two relatives of each of the victims.

“As our way of condoling with the victims’ families, PAL is also offering to bring back the remains of their loved ones to Hong Kong free of charge,” Tan added.

The PAL executive directed Dina Mae Flores, the carrier’s district sales manager in Hong Kong, to facilitate requests for free tickets. Families of the victims will be asked to present proof of relations.

Flores may be contacted at the PAL Hong Kong office at East Ocean Centre, 98 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, East Kowloon, with telephone numbers +852-236-88988 or +852-23019280.

Meanwhile, PAL said it joins the international community in mourning the deaths of the 8 foreign tourists who were taken hostage by a sacked police officer in the historic Rizal Park on Monday.

PAL said it is gravely concerned and saddened by the bloody ending of Monday’s 11-hour hostage drama.

But despite the expected adverse impact of travel advisories against the Philippines, PAL said it will continue to mount regular flights to its 26 international and 21 domestic destinations.

In the Manila-Hongkong route alone, PAL has 5 daily flights.

“We will continue to serve this very important and strategic route, but we hope that dampened demand as a result of Monday’s incident will be temporary,” it said.

PAL added it is too early to quantify the effect of the negative travel advisories on its bottomline.