Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be sending Pope Francis back to Rome on Monday, with an estimated time of departure (ETD) at 10 am.
According to PAL, the chartered Airbus 340 which will be sending the Pope off has been at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City since 6 am.
PAL was also the same airline that flew the Pope to Tacloban, Leyte last Jan. 17 (Saturday) leaving Manila at 8:15 am, and having to leave at 1 pm due to bad weather brought about by tropical storm “Amang.”
The Pope’s Leyte visit was cut short after the province was placed under Storm Signal No. 2 the same day. He was there to celebrate a special mass at Tacloban Airport and to personally visit victims of typhoon “Yolanda”.
“We’re proud and honored to bring Pope Francis to Tacloban,” PAL earlier posted on its official Facebook account.
PAL has been tagged official Papal carrier of Pope Francis’ first pastoral visit to the Philippines, after past experience of flying Saint John Paul II in 1981 and 1995.
The airline flew Pope John Paul to six provincial stations within three days in 1981 and again to Port Moresby after a four-day visit that was restricted to Manila for health reasons in 1995. PNA