By Emmie V. Abadilla
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is increasing flights between Manila and Melbourne following the surge of passenger traffic along the route, from the current thrice weekly flights to five between the two cities beginning June 1 this year.
The two additional flights form part of several operational enhancements which the flag carrier is undertaking after receiving its 4-Star certification from air transport rating organization Skytrax.
PR207 departs Manila every Wednesday and Friday at 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Melbourne at 3:00 a.m. local time the following day.
PR208 leaves the Australian city every Thursday and Saturday at 5:40 a.m. local time and touches down in Manila at 10:55 a.m. on the same day.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, PR209 leaves Manila at 9:10 p.m. and lands in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. local time the following day.
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, PR210 departs Melbourne at 10:15 a.m. local time and reaches Manila at 3:30 p.m. on the same day.
“The new frequency to Melbourne would enable Aussies to maximize the benefits of the domestic and international hub of PAL which currently offers a combined total of 77 destinations,” noted PAL Vice President for Sales Ryan Uy.
“Passengers will get to enjoy our newly reconfigured Airbus A330’s with new lie-flat business class, new premium economy and new economy seats.”
“We continue to received positive reviews about our new business class seats. Passenger loads between Melbourne and Manila have been consistently in the high 80s, while Sydney-Manila has been in the high 80s to 90s since we utilized the A330 tri-class for the equally popular route.”
On March 28, PAL will shift to a thrice weekly non-stop service between Manila and Brisbane which will enable passengers to use the Airbus A340 with lie-flat business class seats.
PR221 will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday departing Manila at 11:30 p.m. and arriving in Brisbane at 9:20 a.m. local time the following day.
PR222 will leave the AUS city every Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. local time and arrive in Manila at 5 p.m. on the same day.
Arriving passengers can enjoy Manila for a few days and hop on to one of PAL’s domestic flights before connecting to the airline’s international network especially to the UK and North Asia.