MANILA – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is expanding its direct flights to Japan from Cebu in December.
The airline said it is set to mount direct flights to Osaka and Nagoya from the Mactan Cebu International Airport to further boost tourism activities between the Philippines and Japan.
“The launching of the new air services is the flag carrier’s response to strong public clamor for new routes to Japan, considered the third biggest source of visitor arrivals to the country,” PAL said in a statement.
Foreign tourists arrivals from Japan reached 310,901 in the first eight months of the year. Korea remains the major source of foreign tourists with 783,852 followed by US with 493,338.
PAL will fly four times a week to Osaka and three times a week to Nagoya via Cebu starting Decermber 19.
Currently, the airline flies 11 times a week to Haneda, 14 times a week to Narita, seven times a week to Nagoya, seven times a week to Osaka, and seven times a week to Kansa via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.
It also flies 14 times a week to Narita via Cebu.
“The new routes will commence nine months after the air carrier launched flights to Haneda, PAL’s fifth gateway to Japan after Narita, Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya,” the airline said.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific also announced recently that it will begin operating direct Cebu-Tokyo flights starting March 26, 2015.