Representatives of the Filipino community will meet with Philippine Airlines (PAL) president Jaime Bautista for the dinner reception marking PAL’s inaugural flight to the country on December 4. They will be joined by other i mportant guests including New Zealand government officials, travel agents, tour operators, and the local media.
Philippine Airlines will fly to New Zealand for the first time today by opening four times a week service to Auckland via Cairns (Australia), enhancing opportunities for three diverse peoples to explore each other’s rich cultures and traditions.
“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,” said Bautista.
The Manila-Cairns-Auckland service will utilize the 156-seater Airbus 320, flying every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.
PAL’s first foray into New Zealand provides a most 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 39th international destination.
Records show passenger travel from the Philippines to New Zealand increased by 9.4 percent over the last five years, while the New Zealand to the Philippines travel grew by 11.6 percent over the same period.