Josen Perez de Tagle Josen Perez de Tagle

PAL shows confidence

Philippine Airlines acknowledges more market development and activity is required to encourage New Zealand holiday makers to look at the Philippines as a destination.
The statement comes at a time when the carrier has shown confidence in the Manila – Auckland route by introducing an Airbus A340-300 to the route and flying direct three times a week.
The development, which came into effect late last week, sees the end of the service via Cairns, which was operated by an A320.

PAL vice-president for corporate communications, Josen Perez de Tagle, says that if traffic growth continues the airline is planning to put its newly three class configured A330-300 aircraft on the route from the middle of 2018.
The airline says that 23,431 New Zealand residents visited the Philippines in 2016, a 15% increase over 2015, and in the first half of 2017, NZ visitors increased more than 30% from the 2016 figures.
An estimated 23,000 Filipinos visited New Zealand in 2017, showing a 103% growth over a three year period, according to Tourism New Zealand.
Manila is now another ideal hub to get to Europe and Asia with one stop from New Zealand.
– Peter Clark
– additional photos Stu Freeman