Since the pandemic restrictions eased, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) is betting on a “resurgence for Philippine tourism” as the airlines add more than 1,500 trips this March or an increase of over 52%.
PAL will increase the trips across its domestic and international network after more countries lowered their travel bans.
“We are seizing the opportunity to intensify our efforts to promote international tourist travel to the Philippines, as well as to respond to rising demand for flights to serve overseas Filipinos and a recovering economy,” Stanley K. Ng, acting president, and chief operating officer at PAL, said based on the report of Inquirer.
“We are reasonably optimistic that air travel will rebound in the months ahead,” he added.
PAL also said domestic trips would increase by 56% in March.
This will include Manila-Cebu (10 flights per day), Manila-Davao (six per day), Manila-Bacolod (three per day), Manila-Legazpi (three per day), Manila-Iloilo (three per day), Manila-Cagayan De Oro (four per day), Manila-Boracay (six per day) and Manila-Tacloban (three per day).
Furthermore, more flights will be deployed to North America, Middle Asia, and Asia.
Meanwhile, flights to the US and Canada will increase by 24%. Los Angeles will have 11 flights weekly, while San Francisco has daily trips.
PAL added that Southeast Asia flights would increase by 98%.
The Manila-Singapore route will now be 14 weekly flights in March and will be up to 28 weekly flights “in the succeeding months.” PAL will also add trips to Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and Hanoi in Vietnam.
Flights to Japan, which include Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo, will increase 11%, while trips to the Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh and Dammam will go up by 16%.
Nonstop services to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane will also more than double “to serve pent up demand now that Australia has reopened its borders to international travel.”
Meanwhile, flights to mainland China are on hold pending a relaxation of current travel restrictions. But, PAL will add more flights to Hong Kong and Taiwan by almost 60%.