Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced another route expansion in the United States.
Launch of non-stop thrice weekly flights between Cebu and Los Angeles on March 15 next year “will commence on a milestone date, PAL’s 75th founding anniversary.”
The new service will utilize the 254-seater Airbus A340 with 36 lie-flat seats in business class and 218 seats in regular economy.
“Our customers in the Visayas and Mindanao have long clamored for direct flights between Cebu and the US due to the travel convenience this will bring. One can simply take a short hop to Cebu from any point in the Visayas and Mindanao and connect to Los Angeles,” PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that “foreign tourists and our kababayan [fellow Filipinos]in the United States will benefit from the flexibility of choice in terms of flights to and from the Philippines.”
PAL currently operates 35 weekly flights to mainland United States and two US territories combined.
From Manila, the flag-carrier operates 11 weekly flights to Los Angeles, ten weekly flights to San Francisco and four weekly flights to New York.
The new US service from Cebu will bring to 38 the total number of frequencies to the United States per week.
The new service in the US also brings to 34 the total number of international flights operating out of Mactan-Cebu International Airport, considered a major hub next to Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals in Manila.
PAL Cebu’s International operations consist of thrice weekly flights to Nagoya and daily flights to Osaka and Seoul as well as fourteen flights to Narita.
The airline’s domestic operations between Cebu and Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Tacloban and Manila total 95 flights a week.