Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to increase the frequency of its Manila-Toronto route, as demand for flight services to and from the Canadian East Coast region continues to grow.
The airline will start operating its third weekly nonstop flight between Manila and Toronto on April 5.
This, according to PAL’s Chief Commercial Officer Eric David Anderson, will result in a 50-percent increase in capacity for the route, which is “part of a long-term investment by the Philippine flag carrier in developing business and tourist travel flows between Canada and the Philippines.”
“Our expansion of flights to Toronto highlights the importance of the Canadian market in the Philippine Airlines network. We want to make it easier for businesses to establish commercial relations, for Canadians to plan holiday trips to the Philippines, and for Filipino Canadians to visit their families back in the homeland.
Canada is among the top 10 sources of foreign tourists to the Philippines, with more than 180,000 Canadians visiting the Philippines during the first 10 months of 2023. Additionally, the new frequencies will bolster connectivity between Southeast Asia and Canada via PAL’s Manila hub,” he said.
Anderson added that the expanded schedule highlights the importance of Toronto in PAL’s global network, as it is Canada’s largest city and home to the biggest Filipino community in Canada, estimated at over 350,000 ethnic Filipinos in Ontario province.
Toronto is the gateway to Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and other areas in the Eastern seaboard of Canada.
PAL is the only airline offering nonstop flights between the Philippines and Canada and also serves Vancouver with daily flights from its Manila hub.
“We are thrilled that Philippine Airlines is increasing frequency between Toronto and Manila, a destination in very high demand,” said Khalil Lamrabet, Chief Commercial Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
“With this additional flight, more passengers will be able to fly directly, reducing their total travel time by more than 25 percent compared to a connecting itinerary.”
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