MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced on Friday that it will open more international long-haul flights as it expects demand for air travel to increase during the holiday season.
The news comes as welcome relief as the country’s flag carrier has been struggling since the start of the pandemic.
Routes going to the western coast of North America will significantly increase. The airline is planning to mount at least 10-12 weekly flights to Los Angeles and resume its daily flights to San Francisco. Additionally, it also plans to open 3-4 more weekly flights to Vancouver.
On the eastern coast of North America, PAL is planning to mount 2-3 weekly flights to New York. An additional weekly flight to Vancouver is also in the airline’s long-haul flight expansion. Two monthly flights to London will also be mounted.
“We are heeding the call for more flights to and from the US Mainland, Canada and the UK to serve many of our fellow Filipinos who want to rejoin their families in time for the Christmas holidays.”Dexter lee, pal senior vice president & chief strategy and planning officer
Aside from the increased number of flights to the United States, Canada and London, PAL is also planning more flights to Australia.