MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will expand its Australian presence starting this month by adding Darwin, Perth and Brisbane to the roster of flights.
The additional routes bring to five the number of PAL’s connections to Australia, including Sydney and Melbourne, and the flag carrier’s international destinations to 39.
“The new connections are envisioned to increase passenger traffic between the Philippines and Australia and strengthen bilateral ties between both countries. Return flights from these cities make Manila an ideal gateway to popular Asian destinations like Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea and a jump-off point to the country‘s top travel spots,” PAL president Ramon Ang said.
PAL serves the Manila-Perth-Manila service via Darwin four times weekly. The Manila-Brisbane-Manila service via Darwin is thrice weekly.
While flights to Darwin and Perth are maiden journeys, the flight to Brisbane marks PAL’s third return to the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland.
PAL operated the Manila-Brisbane route in 1982 to 1998, and reopened briefly in 2009 until 2010 before this year’s return. PAL had an inaugural flight to Sydney on Oct. 6, 1965 while and the maiden service to Melbourne commenced on Sept. 9, 1971.
The airline now deploys 7,400 seats a week on these routes, making it the largest carrier between the Philippines and Australia. The frequencies will benefit the 300,000 Filipinos who reside Down Under and the 5,000 Australian expatriates in the Philippines. Last year, 191,150 Australian nationals visited the Philippines, making Australia the country’s sixth-largest tourism market.