Print
10
Jan

PAL to mount more chartered flights

Share

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will mount more chartered flights this year, mostly catering to the Chinese market, which now accounts for 20 percent of its total passenger load.

Antonio D. Herrera, PAL Assistant Vice-President for passenger sales, revealed at the press launch for the 25th Travel Tour Expo to be held on Feb. 8-11 at the SMX Convention Center that they will be conducting very aggressive chartered flights in China and other countries, including EU.

At present, PAL has direct flights from China to Kalibo for Boracay, Palawan and Bohol.  But there have been feelers for more unscheduled flights from smaller cities in China.

“We will continue to other points because the Chinese want to explore other areas and we are open as we promote our Clark domestic hub,” said Herrera. Other countries that are sending feelers for unscheduled flights include Korea, the country’s number one tourists source, and Russia in Europe.

PAL has started chartered flights a few years ago, and this business, although still small compared to its overall load, is growing significantly. The flag carrier is now looking at double digit growth.

Chartered flight is also a way to develop a market before they could launch a commercial scheduled flight. At present, PAL flies daily to Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing and Chongqing. The Lucio Tan-owned legacy airline is also planning to add more direct flights to Chinese cities.

PAL Senior VP for passenger sales Genero “Bong” Velasquez said that what is good with China is that it is mostly inbound tourists unlike the Middle East flights, which are mostly carrying OFWs.

Velasquez said that PAL has adopted a very aggressive positioning in China because the world is looking at this market. There were an estimated over 100 million Chinese tourists travelling the world in 2017.

PAL also mounted chartered flights from Hokkaido, Japan last year and hopes to do 2-4 flights this year because Japan is another lucrative source of tourists.

CAB Hotline

Public Assistance 24/7

165-66

Secondary Numbers

PRAD NAIA Terminal1 0919-9128457 PRAD Laguindingan 0919-9128468
PRAD NAIA Terminal2 0919-9128458 PRAD Laoag Airport 0998-5864834
PRAD NAIA Terminal3 0919-9128451 PRAD Legaspi Airport 0919-9128461
PRAD NAIA Terminal4 0919-9128470 PRAD Mactan-Cebu Int'l. 0919-9128464
PRAD Bacolod Airport 0998-5864828 PRAD Naga Airport 0919-9128462
PRAD Basco Airport 0998-5864829 PRAD Ozamis Airport 0998-5864835
PRAD Boracay Airport 0919-9128453 PRAD Pagadian Airport 0998-5864836
PRAD Busuanga Airport 0919-9128460 PRAD Puerto Princessa 0998-5864837
PRAD Butuan Airport 0998-5864830 PRAD Roxas Airport 0998-5864838
PRAD Camiguin Airport 0998-5864831 PRAD Siargao Airport 0919-9128456
PRAD Clark Int'l .Airport 0919-9128471 PRAD Surigao Airport 0998-5864839
PRAD Davao Int'l. Airport 0919-9128469 PRAD Tacloban Airport 0998-5864840
PRAD Dipolog Airport 0998-5864832 PRAD Tagbilaran Airport 0919-9128465
PRAD Dumaguete Airprot 0998-5864833 PRAD Tuguegarao Airport 0998-5864841
PRAD General Santos 0919-9128467 PRAD Virac Airport 0919-9128463
PRAD Iloilo Int'l .Airport 0919-9128466 PRAD Zamboanga Airport 0998-5864842
PRAD Kalibo Int'l. Airport 0919-9128454

✆ 852-8967 (CAB Legal Office)
APBR@cab.gov.ph

Trunk Lines:
☎ (+632) 853-7259
☎ (+632) 854-5996

*PRAD - Passenger Rights Action Desk

PRAD NAIA Terminal1 0919-9128457 PRAD Laguindingan 0919-9128468
PRAD NAIA Terminal2 0919-9128458 PRAD Laoag Airport 0998-5864834
PRAD NAIA Terminal3 0919-9128451 PRAD Legaspi Airport 0919-9128461
PRAD NAIA Terminal4 0919-9128470 PRAD Mactan-Cebu Int'l. 0919-9128464
PRAD Clark Int'l .Airport 0919-9128471 PRAD Naga Airport 0919-9128462
PRAD Bacolod Airport 0998-5864828 PRAD Ozamis Airport 0998-5864835
PRAD Basco Airport 0998-5864829 PRAD Pagadian Airport 0998-5864836
PRAD Boracay Airport 0919-9128453 PRAD Puerto Princessa 0998-5864837
PRAD Busuanga Airport 0919-9128460 PRAD Roxas Airport 0998-5864838
PRAD Butuan Airport 0998-5864830 PRAD Siargao Airport 0919-9128456
PRAD Camiguin Airport 0998-5864831 PRAD Surigao Airport 0998-5864839
PRAD Davao Int'l. Airport 0919-9128469 PRAD Tacloban Airport 0998-5864840
PRAD Dipolog Airport 0998-5864832 PRAD Tagbiliran Airport 0919-9128465
PRAD Dumaguete Airprot 0998-5864833 PRAD Tugeugarao Airport 0998-5864841
PRAD General Santos 0919-9128467 PRAD Virac Airport 0919-9128463
PRAD Iloilo Int'l .Airport 0919-9128466 PRAD Zamboanga Airport 0998-5864842
PRAD Kalibo Int'l. Airport 0919-9128454