Philippine Airlines will start flying to Guangzhou, China, starting July 16, bringing to six PAL’s total destinations in China.
“The launching of the Manila-Guangzhou-Manila route aims to further strengthen the strong ties between both cities. More importantly, this will allow business travelers and tourists the chance to spend time in the Philippines, and hop to any of our domestic or international destinations,” said Ramon Ang, president of PAL.
The flag carrier will have four flights weekly to the capital of Guangdong province via PR382, with return flights via PR 383. Current PAL destinations in China include Beijing, Xiamen, Shanghai, Macau and Hong Kong.
The new PAL service provides Guangzhou business and leisure passengers convenient connections to PAL’s 31 domestic and 32 international destinations from its hub in Manila. PAL will also be one of the few full-service carriers to operate at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
The flights are being launched in the wake of robust tourist arrivals to and from Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton.
In 2012 alone, there were 52,279 Manila tourist arrivals in the Chinese city and 56,107 Chinese tourist arrivals in Manila.
Guangzhou is the third-largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. Its isolation from the rest of China by mountains and early exposure to Western influence has led to a consumerist lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. Many tourists prefer not just to shop but also to experience its culinary delights.
Guangzhou is less than two hours away by train from Hong Kong.
PAL first flew to Guangzhou on August 1, 1979, using A tri-engine Boeing 727-200. PAL was the first Southeast Asian airline to fly to China after Beijing reopened the country’s doors to the outside world in 1975.
In June 3013, PAL launched maiden journeys to Darwin, Brisbane and Perth and to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Basco, Batanes, in May 2013.
Rosalie C. Periabras