The Philippines’ national airline has been forced to cut services on many of its routes thanks to a lower government quota on inbound passengers.
Due to limited capacity at quarantine hotels and facilities, Philippine authorities have imposed new restrictions on the number of flights arriving at Manila. In response, PAL has updated its international flight schedule to reflect necessary reductions across the board. For example, the daily service between Manila and Singapore will go four-times-weekly starting this Friday (February 5), while the frequency of flights to Honolulu, Guam, and Jakarta have been halved. February 10 will see the reduction of flights on the Manila–Seoul Incheon route from three to two per week.
The only route that is seeing an increase from January levels is Manila to Tokyo Haneda, with the number of weekly return services bumped up from two to three. In line with government restrictions barring inbound travel from the United Kingdom, flights between Manila and London Heathrow have been suspended until at least the end of this month.
As of today, all travelers entering the Philippines will have to be tested for Covid-19 during the sixth day of hotel quarantine. Passengers aboard PAL flights are required to wear both face masks and face shields, and it is mandatory for travelers to download and use the Traze mobile app to scan a QR code upon arrival (and before boarding a flight) at all airports in the Philippines.
Here are more details on Philippine Airlines’ international routes from Manila this month:
|Australia||Brisbane||Monthly (Feb. 8)|
|Sydney||Every 2 weeks|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||4 weekly (except Feb. 3)|
|Nagoya||4 weekly (except Feb. 3)|
|Osaka Kansai||5 weekly|
|Tokyo Haneda||3 weekly (except Feb. 3)|
|Tokyo Narita||5 weekly|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Weekly (effective Feb. 10)|
|New Zealand||Auckland (via Brisbane)||Monthly (Feb. 8)|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||5 weekly, then 4 weekly from Feb. 12|
|Riyadh||6 weekly (except Feb. 1)|
|Singapore||Singapore||4 weekly (effective Feb. 5)|
|South Korea||Seoul Incheon||2 weekly (effective Feb. 10)|
|Taiwan||Taipei Taoyuan||3 weekly|
|Thailand||Bangkok||Weekly (except Feb. 3)|
|UAE||Dubai||3 weekly (except Feb. 1)|
|United Kingdom||London Heathrow||Suspended|
|Los Angeles||4 weekly|
|New York JFK||Weekly|
|San Francisco||2 weekly|
|Vietnam||Ho Chi Minh City||Every 2 weeks|
PAL will only be running one international flight from Cebu:
|Japan||Tokyo Narita||Monthly (Feb. 20)|
More information here.