Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is expanding its operations in Iloilo with the relaunching of its services from Cebu, General Santos, and Davao.
In a media advisory, the airline said it will start operating the routes from Iloilo to Cebu and General Santos on December 7, while its Iloilo-Davao services will be available the day after.
“The expanded route network will increase connectivity between Visayas and Mindanao just in time for the peak holiday season, enabling more people to reunite with families in their home provinces. Beyond the holidays, the new flights will help foster economic recovery as various parts of Visayas and Mindanao reopen for business and tourism,” PAL said.
All three routes are available once per week. They are expected to complement PAL’s current regular Manila-Iloilo and Iloilo-Manila services.
“As travel restrictions ease, we are happy to reopen these prime routes to and from Iloilo City just in time to host more passengers this coming Christmas season. These new routes will help us in the urgent task of reviving domestic tourism,” PAL Senior Assistant VP for Philippine Sales Harry Inoferio said.
“We also hope to restore more of our pre-pandemic routes and mount new services in the coming months, while strictly adhering to the latest health and safety protocols set by all local government units [LGUs] involved.”
PAL also advised passengers to regularly check the travel requirements and restrictions of each destination to avoid problems.
In September, PAL it is determined to maintain its status as the country’s premier carrier and will remain relentless in its pursuit of profitability despite the headwinds that threaten the airline.
The carrier will continue to operate despite implementing a restructuring program through the filing of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States, its president Gilbert F. Sta. Maria said.
The flag carrier is now implementing its business continuity plan, including the mounting of more domestic and international flights “in line with market recovery.”
It is also increasing frequencies of regional and long-haul routes, as well as domestic routes from its hubs in Manila and Cebu.