DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Dec) – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) launched last December 15 another Davao City-Cebu flight as it strengthens its expansion plans with a new route to the US next year to cater the growing leisure travelers of Visayas and Mindanao.
Speaking during Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, Victor D. Suarez, officer-in-charge (OIC)/area head for Mindanao sales and services of PAL, said the airline company will service Cebu-Los Angeles, California with initial thrice weekly flights on March 15, 2016.
“There are more leisure market, or passengers travelling around the world,” he said.
He said they are positioning Mactan Cebu International Airport as the hub for VisMin area since the airline company services the routes of Mindanao’s key cities – Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga to Cebu.
The PAL official said they are not seeing any expansion plans for international routes to fly from the F. Bangoy International Airport (formerly Davao International Airport) anytime soon, as their present plans are geared towards serving the domestic market going out of Davao.
The Lucio Tan-led airline firm has two Davao-Cebu flights, served by 160-seater Airbus 320, and eight to nine Davao-Manila flights.
The additional evening Davao-Cebu flight brings PAL’s existing flights to the Visayas metropolis to a total of five with two in Cagayan de Oro and one in Zamboanga City.
He said the new undertaking will benefit VisMin passengers flying to Los Angeles who will no longer have to travel via Manila through the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with the new service route.
He said PAL is also flying to Nagoya, Osaka, and Narita via Cebu, so it will be easier for the VisMin passengers to travel to Japan.
The firm has acquired two Boeing 777 aircrafts that are set for delivery by fourth quarter of 2016 to supports its US expansions.
According to Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), PAL covers 32 points in the Philippines and 25 international destinations as of yearend 2014.