Philippine Airlines Announces Int’l Flight Schedule for February

At the end of this month, PAL will be bumping up services to a handful of Southeast Asian capitals.

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With just days to go before the Philippines reopens its borders to international travelers on February 10, the latest monthly update to its flag carrier’s schedules may come as a surprise. Philippine Airlines is taking a cautious approach by maintaining or even scaling back frequencies on the bulk of its long-haul routes. For instance, the number of scheduled flights between Manila and Brisbane has been halved to once every two weeks; Melbourne will be served twice a week, the same as the first half of January, while passengers are still being flown to Sydney on a thrice-weekly basis. There are no significant changes though Australia is poised to welcome all double-vaccinated visitors from February 21, signaling the resumption of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and the Philippines.

In Canada, scheduled flights on the Manila–Toronto route have been reduced from twice weekly to weekly, and Vancouver will be served four times a week, down from five last month. Demand for travel to and from California remains strong: outbound flights to Los Angeles are running nine times a week, increasing to 10 on the return. PAL will fly from Manila to San Francisco five times weekly, but operate daily the other way. One-way flights from Los Angeles to Cebu are now scheduled twice a week after being temporarily rerouted to Manila in January. Return services between Cebu and Tokyo Narita will continue to operate twice a month, with the second one penciled in for February 19.

Continued government restrictions on international arrivals mean that Philippine Airlines must continue diverting some of its incoming flights. Only one weekly flight from the daily Dubai service will actually land in Manila. Those arriving every Wednesday and Saturday are being rerouted to Subic, flights operated on Fridays and Sundays will land in Cebu, while the Tuesday and Thursday services will touch down in Davao.

That said, PAL is planning to increase frequencies on certain regional routes in the weeks ahead. March 1 will see flights from Manila to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore ramped up to daily; an additional weekly return service to Jakarta will begin operating on the same date. Elsewhere in Asia, the airline is currently running one-way flights from Seoul to Manila four times a week, but those in the other direction are due to start only on March 2.


Here is the latest information on PAL’s international services departing from Manila:

Country/Territory Destination Frequency
Australia Brisbane 2 monthly (through Mar.)
Melbourne 2 weekly
Sydney 3 weekly
Cambodia Phnom Penh 1 weekly
Canada Toronto 1 weekly
Vancouver 4 weekly
Guam Guam 2 weekly, then 3 weekly from Mar. 1
Hong Kong Hong Kong 4 weekly (from Feb. 20)
Indonesia Jakarta 3 weekly, then 4 weekly from Mar. 1
Japan Fukuoka 4 weekly
Nagoya 4 weekly
Osaka Kansai Daily
Tokyo Haneda 5 weekly
Tokyo Narita Daily
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly until Feb. 19, then 5 weekly until Feb. 28, before going daily in Mar.
New Zealand Auckland (via Brisbane) 2 monthly (through Mar.)
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 2 monthly (in Mar.)
Qatar Doha Daily
Saudi Arabia Dammam 2 weekly
Riyadh 2 weekly
Singapore Singapore 5 weekly, then daily from Mar. 1
South Korea Seoul Incheon 4 weekly (from Mar. 2)
Taiwan Taipei Taoyuan 3 weekly (except Feb. 11)
Thailand Bangkok 3 weekly until Feb. 18, then 5 weekly until Feb. 28, before going daily in Mar.
UAE Dubai Daily
United Kingdom London Heathrow 1 weekly
United States Honolulu 2 weekly
Los Angeles 9 weekly
New York JFK 3 weekly
San Francisco 5 weekly
Vietnam Hanoi 1 weekly
Ho Chi Minh City 2 weekly

More information here.

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