PAL Reduces International Flight Frequencies

The Philippines’ national airline has been forced to cut services on many of its routes thanks to a lower government quota on inbound passengers.

Photo: Philippine Airlines

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:

Country/Region Destination Frequency
Australia Brisbane Monthly (Feb. 8)
Sydney Every 2 weeks
Canada Toronto Weekly
Vancouver 2 weekly
Hong Kong Hong Kong 4 weekly (except Feb. 3)
Indonesia Jakarta Weekly
Japan Fukuoka 3 weekly
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)
Qatar Doha 2 weekly
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
United States Guam Weekly
Honolulu Weekly
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:

Country/Region Destination Frequency
Japan Tokyo Narita Monthly (Feb. 20)

More information here.

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