By early next year, Cebu and LA will be just a plane ride away! Starting March 15, 2016, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will celebrate their 75th anniversary with a bang – direct flights between Cebu and Los Angeles, California, USA! For the new route, PAL will have an Airbus A340 planes with 254 seats and flat-bed seats for business class. The plane will be flying thrice a week.
PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista told the press, “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, instead of flying all the way to Manila.”
This is not only great for tourism but will also impact families here in Cebu and other nearby provinces with relatives in the US. “Foreign tourists and our kababayans (overseas Filipino workers) in the United States will benefit from the flexibility of choice in terms of flights to and from the Philippines,” Bautista added.
US authorities have removed restrictions against Philippine aircraft flying to the western country, which allowed PAL to have additional routes between the Philippines and the US. This route is the first ever direct flight between Cebu and the US, PAL’s 38th weekly route to USA and the 34th international route under the airline connecting to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. PAL also has direct flights from Cebu to Seoul in South Korea and Japan’s cities namely, Nagaya, Osaka, Tokyo.
PAL Holdings Inc., the umbrella company of Philippine Airlines (PAL), reported on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that net income has grown 10 times in a single year from P560.2 million to P5.86 billion due to increased volume of passengers for their domestic flights and international routes in Asia, Australia, Middle East and Japan. The growth in number of passengers was also fueled by the increase in number of flights to different locations.
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