PAL mounts more flights from Clark, Cebu hubs


BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is expanding its domestic routes from its hubs in Clark and Cebu within the first quarter of the year.

In a statement, PAL said it is introducing eight new routes, namely: Clark-Cebu, Clark-Davao, Clark-Puerto Princesa, Clark-Coron (Busuanga), Cebu-Puerto Princesa, Cebu-General Santos, Cebu-Surigao and Cebu-Coron (Busuanga).

“We are introducing new domestic routes to allow travelers to reach their desired destinations without the need to transit in Manila. Passengers get to experience the unique PAL brand of service even on short flights,” PAL President Jaime J. Bautista was quoted as saying in a statement.

The flag carrier launched the Clark to Cebu service on Monday. The four times a week flight departs from Clark at 7 a.m. It will be upgraded to a daily flight starting March 26.

PAL said it will begin the thrice weekly flight from Clark to Davao on Feb. 1. The Clark-Davao route will be increased to four times weekly on March 26.

The Clark-Puerto Princesa service, which runs three times a week, will begin on March 26. A daily Clark-Coron flight, which uses a 56-seater Q300 airplane, will also start on March 26.

PAL began using Clark as hub of operations on Dec. 16, 2016 with a Clark-Caticlan service. Its first international flight from Clark to Incheon, South Korea started on Jan. 1.

At the same time, the listed flag carrier will mount four new routes from its Cebu hub starting March 26. Flights to Puerto Princesa will be four times a week, while flights to Coron will be daily.

The Cebu-General Santos and Cebu-Surigao routes will have flights three times a week.

PAL mounted its first Manila-Cebu flight in 1946 after World War II.