PAL to suspend Brisbane flights

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2010 06:13 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2010 02:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Due to low load factor, flag carrier Philippine Airlines has decided to temporarily suspend its flights to and from Brisbane by end-October.

"We will continue to lose money if we don't realign our Australian flights," PAL president Jaime Bautista said in an interview.

However, PAL will fly to Brisbane in December, a peak season. "After that we will assess the market if there is a need to operate our Brisbane route even during lean months," added Bautista.

In a statement on Thursday, PAL said will adjust its Melbourne flights from 5 times weekly to thrice weekly, while flights to Sydney, one of the airline's most popular Australian destinations, remains unaffected.

PAL said market conditions prompted adjustments in the frequency of its flights and number of destinations in Australia.

PAL reopened the Brisbane route just last March. It first flew to Brisbane on June 5, 1985, after which the city became a key Australian destination for PAL.

But financial difficulties brought about by the 1997-98 Asian crisis forced the carrier to cease services to Australia on June 5, 1998.