Some Philippine Airlines Mideast Flights Transfer to Terminal 1

Effective July 1, 2017, Philippine Airlines flights to and from the Middle East (except Dubai flights) will depart from and arrive in NAIA Terminal 1, Pasay City.

PAL flights to the Middle East covered by this new terminal assignment (T1) are:
• PR 662 Manila – Jeddah (M-W-F)
• PR 668 Manila – Kuwait (T- TH-SAT-SUN)
• PR 656 Manila – Abu Dhabi (T- TH-SAT)
• PR 682 Manila – Dammam (M- T- TH-F-SAT)
• PR 684 Manila – Doha (M-W-F-SUN)
• PR 654 Manila – Riyadh (Daily)

PAL flights from the Middle East covered by this new terminal assignment (T1) are:
• PR 663 Jeddah – Manila ((M-W-F)
• PR 669 Kuwait – Manila (T- TH-SAT-SUN)
• PR 657 Abu Dhabi – Manila (T- TH-SAT)
• PR 683 Dammam – Manila (M- T- TH-F-SAT)
• PR 685 Doha – Manila (M-W-F-SUN)
• PR 655 Riyadh – Manila (Daily)

(Note: Arrival in Manila is the following day from date of departure from the Middle East)

Passengers taking PAL flights from the Middle East (except Dubai) are thus advised to take note of their arrival dates in Manila to know their terminal assignment. For flight info, log on to, call hotline (02)855 – 8888 or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or partner travel agent.

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Amsterdam, Rome, Paris or Hamburg?


Is it Amsterdam, Rome, Paris or Hamburg? These are the destinations which Philippine Airlines (PAL) is studying as part of its expansion plans to Europe.

PAL is looking at these new destinations as it awaits the delivery of its Airbus 350 acquired earlier this year for its long-haul flights. “We will be able to fly to new destinations in Europe when we take the delivery of our Airbus 350 which will be in 2018. But as early as now, we are already conducting a study on which of the destinations in Europe we’ll fly to,” he said.


Currently, PAL is expanding its operations with a new destination, Saipan. This is the 44th international destination of PAL and will commence this June 15. This will be available twice a week using the Airbus A320.

PR 1571 will depart Manila every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:20 p.m., and arrive in Saipan at 3:35 a.m. local time.  PR 1572, meanwhile, will leave Saipan every Monday and Thursday at 4:35 a.m. and arrive in Manila at 6:45 a.m.


PAL is also set to begin taking advantage of fifth freedom rights on the Manila-Taipei-Osaka route by June.

Fifth freedom is the right to pick up passengers from a foreign country after flying from country of origin, and to bring them to another country or final destination.

Bautista said the Manila-Taipei-Osaka service would be offered daily.


PAL earlier complained it could not exercise its fifth freedom to pick up passengers from Dubai enroute to Kuwait after the Arab state disallowed it.

Last Jan. 17, the flag carrier launched a four-time weekly service (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) between Manila and Kuwait via Dubai, to serve the travel needs of Filipino workers in Kuwait using an Airbus A330.

PAL said there was more volume of Filipino passengers, especially OFWs, in Dubai rather than in Bangkok.

The Kuwaiti government prevented the flag carrier from exercising its right to avail of fifth freedom traffic rights, while Kuwait Airways had been freely availing of Fifth Freedom traffic rights between Bangkok and Manila for close to 20 years.

PAL president and COO Jaime Bautista told reporters the airline is in talks with a potential strategic partner to ensure continued growth.

Source:, Louella Desiderio& Rudy Santos

Philippine Airlines Flies To Doha

Last March 28, Philippine Airlines (PAL) landed for the first time in Doha, Qatar.

The five times weekly service (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) to Qatar’s capital city will use the Airbus 330-300 which offers economy and premium economy classes.

The whole cabin comes with free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes and 15 mb of video streaming using the passengers’ personal devices through the app myPAL player which can be downloaded through iTunes or Google store.

Tickets for the Manila-Doha route starts at $665 (one way), and US $760 (roundtrip). The Doha-Manila tickets, meanwhile, starts at QAR 980 (one way) and QAR 1,400 (round trip).


Philippine Airlines Flies to LAX from Cebu

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s flag carrier and the first airline in Asia, celebrated its 75th year on Tuesday and as a treat, the airline is offering a 75-percent-off seat sale on both domestic and international flights until Sunday (March 19).

PAL launched on Tuesday its first direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles. The CEB-LAX flights are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, departing at 6:25 p.m. and arriving at 6 p.m. on the same day because of the international date line.

Return flights are scheduled on the same day, leaving at 8:40 p.m. and arriving in Cebu at 4:40 p.m., two days later due to the time difference.


Philippine Airlines Flies Daily to London

Starting June 28, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will fly daily to London Heathrow (LHR).

PAL President Jaime Bautista said that “positive performance of our flights to and from London can be attributed to the direct service, competitive pricing and the on-board offerings. Having daily flights will provide passengers taking the Manila-London route the flexibility to choose the schedule most suitable to their travel plans.”

PAL relaunched direct flights to LHR in September 2013. After two years, PAL increased its flights to 5 times per week.

With the daily service, PAL said travelers have the chance to fly from London to Manila, then visit any of the domestic and international destinations the flag carrier flies to.

Starting June 28, flight PR721 will depart London daily at 22:50, arriving in Manila at 19:50 pm local time. The return leg, PR720, will leave Manila at 1:20 pm and arrive back to London at 9 pm.

This announcement comes after PAL placed an order of 6 Airbus A350-900 planes in a $1.85 billion deal with the European plane maker for long-haul flights.


Philippine Airlines to Expand in Middle East

Despite rising tensions in the region, Philippine carriers are keen on growing their operations in the Middle East.

Economic risks are being highlighted globally, including the Philippines, which has millions of workers in that region, following a diplomatic crisis triggered by the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.

For Philippine Airlines, however, it was business as usual. PAL said it was on schedule to add a new route to Saudi Arabia this month.

“PAL flights slated this month to Kuwait and Jeddah are green and go. The Middle East expansion continues. Kuwait flights commence on Jan. 17 and Jeddah flights, Jan. 19,” PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said in a text message.

Carriers serving these routes are kept busy by the large number of Filipinos either living or working in the Middle East. The Department of Foreign Affairs estimates that there are about 2.2 million overseas Filipino workers deployed in the region, with about 800,000 based in Saudi Arabia alone.

For PAL, the move to Kuwait and Jeddah is aimed at supporting its operations in the Middle East, which currently include flights to Dubai, Riyadh, Dammam and Abu Dhabi, think tank CAPA said in a recent report.

Flights to Dubai, in particular, have been challenging for PAL since these were launched around the same time Cebu Pacific launched its rival service, CAPA said.

Gulf carriers are also increasing their presence in the Philippines.

Dubai-based Emirates is reviving flights to Clark International Airport and is launching flights to Cebu on March 30, 2016. The move followed air talks between the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines in August last year.

Source: Miguel R. Camus,

Welcome to Cairns, Philippine Airlines!

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December 2: Philippine Airlines Flies to Auckland

For the first time, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) will fly to New Zealand on December 2, 2015, by opening four times a week service to Auckland via Cairns, Australia.

In a statement, the PAL said that the  Manila-Cairns-Auckland service will utilize the 156-seater Airbus 320, flying every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.

“The route will stimulate passenger traffic along three travel streams – Manila- Cairns, Manila -Auckland as well as Cairns – Auckland.  The new service allows Philippine Airlines to cater to the travel needs of business and leisure travelers and showcase its distinct brand of service marked by Filipino warmth, charm and hospitality.  Filipinos residing in New Zealand will find the new service as their convenient link to their home country,” PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said.

PAL’s first foray into New Zealand provides a convenient route for the more than 44,000 Filipinos residing in New Zealand to visit home, while allowing Auckland and Cairns residents to discover Manila or connect to PAL’s 30 domestic and 39 international destinations.

Cairns and Auckland will become PAL’s 37th and 38th international points respectively, while Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, set to be launched on Dec 18, will be its 39thinternational destination.

Records show passenger travel from the Philippines to New Zealand increased by 9.4% over the last five years, while the New Zealand to the Philippines travel grew by 11.6% over the same period.

The stopover in Cairns will enable Kiwis (locals) to visit northern Australia while those from Cairns can find a lot to explore at Auckland.

PAL is offering an introductory fare of only US$880 for a roundtrip, economy class and US$ 2700 for business class on the Manila-Auckland route; while US$705 for economy class and US$ 2044 for business class for a roundtrip Auckland-Manila route.

Roundtrip fare for Auckland to Cairns, Australia starts at US$ 378 for economy class and US$ 1658 for business class; roundtrip Cairns-Auckland route at US$ 368 for economy class and US$ 1832 for business class; roundtrip Cairns- Manila at US$ 523 for economy class and US$ 2452 for business class; and roundtrip Manila-Cairns at US$ 1200 for economy class and US$ 2950 for business class.

Auckland Airport, the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, is the second largest inAustralasia.

New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, is 649 kilometers by road from Auckland or 1 hour by air.

The city of Auckland is the main transport hub and the largest in New Zealand with a population of 1.5 million, accounting for 32% of New Zealand’s total population. It is also known as “City of Sails” – set amidst volcanic islands, with numerous harbors, perfect for yachts.

Source: Maricel Burgonio,