Philippine aviation is in full swing and Philippine Airlines beefing up its fleet in response to the expected increase in tourist arrivals as well as the surge of Filipinos from abroad going back and forth to the country.
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), May 2
Perth (Australia) June 1
Guangzhou (China), June 2
Abu Dhabi(United Arab Emirates), October 1
Doha (Qatar) November 1
Dammam (Saudi Arabia), December 1
Dubai (United ArabEmirates), November 1
and Basco, Batanes on May 1
The last two routes will be operated by PAL Express.
With the opening of its Middle East gateways, PAL would become theonly Philippine carrier with the widest footprint in the region, hesaid.Ang added that the Philippines’ robust economy, recent credit rating upgrade, exciting tourist destinations and the country’s geographical advantage as a jump off point to many Asian cities are also behind PAL’s aggressive expansion.
With the wider route network, Ang said foreign tourists and business travelers can fly to Manila, enjoy the Philippines for a few days, or connect directly to PAL’s other Asian, Australian and North American destinations.
In November last year, PAL's new management began the network expansion with the launch of non-stop flights to Toronto, Canada.PAL's current network, operated with PAL Express, consists of 32 domestic and 28 international points.