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PAL ‘cautiously optimistic’, hits 40% of pre-COVID flights

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) remains cautiously optimistic as its flight operations reach 40 percent of its pre-pandemic flight frequencies, an executive said yesterday.

“We view the current situation as a prelude to revenge travel. However, we remain cautiously optimistic, ensuring that safety remains the cornerstone of our operations,” PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna told the Philippine News Agency.

Pre-pandemic, PAL flies an average of 300 flights per day. Now the carrier is operating an average of 120 domestic and international flights per day.

“We are gradually restoring our network, mindful of prevailing restrictions and market-driven demand,” Villaluna said.

In a statement, PAL said it anticipates a surge in travel demand, with the gradually improving health situation in the country.

As such, it has resumed regular weekly flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Guam, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, subject to specific travel requirements.

Other international destinations are Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Seoul, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, Hong Kong, Taipei, Dubai, Dammam, Riyadh, Doha.

For domestic operations, PAL has regular flights from Manila to Laoag, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga, Bacolod, Cebu, Catarman, Calbayog, Dumaguete, Antique, Iloilo, Kalibo, Caticlan, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Butuan, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Davao, General Santos, Siargao, Ozamiz, Pagadian, and Zamboanga.

From Cebu, PAL flies to Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Siargao, Tacloban, and Zamboanga. PAL also flies to Tawi-Tawi from Zamboanga.*PNA

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