MANILA – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is increasing its flight frequencies and opening new routes in key destinations to keep up with the peak demand for the Christmas season.
The airline’s services to Japan will receive the biggest boost with the launch of two pioneering routes from Cebu.
PAL will be flying to Osaka from Cebu four times weekly from December 19 and to Nagoya three times weekly from December 20. Both complement the double-daily flights to Tokyo-Narita from Cebu.
PAL has also added four weekly frequencies to Tokyo-Haneda from Manila, for a total of 11 flights every week.
PAL will be using newer, larger aircraft on various routes to Japan, with the Airbus 321 replacing the A320 on Manila-Fukuoka; the A330-300 substituting the A340-300 on Manila-Nagoya; and the A330-300 supplanting the A321 on the morning service of Manila-Narita.
Flights to Honolulu will also be made available daily from December 11, along with the deployment of the new A330-300 in place of the A340-300 on the route.
Three more flights, meanwhile, will be added to the San Francisco route from December 12, raising total frequency to 10 flights weekly.
In the Middle East, PAL will add two weekly flights to Abu Dhabi starting December 1; Dammam will expand from three to five times weekly from December 9; and Riyadh will rise from four to five flights weekly from December 15.
PAL is also increasing flight frequencies to Bacolod, Basco, and Tagbiliran starting December 1.
Busuanga will also get a third daily flight from December 29, plus extra sections on December 26, 27 and 28, while Caticlan increases weekly flights from 61 to 70 flights or 10 times daily from December 4.
PAL said other local destinations getting a boost in frequencies include Laoag, which goes double daily from December 11; Puerto Princesa, three flights daily from December 15; Butuan, two flights daily from December 18; and Naga, three flights daily from December 29.
The airline is reminding passengers that because of the busy travel season, they should arrive in the airport as early as three hours before their scheduled flight time.