Philippine Airlines President Jaime Bautista was on hand to make a speech at Mactan Cebu International Airport to celebrate the launch of the airline’s new non-stop service to Singapore on 16 December. There was also a fabulous cake showcasing some of the iconic sights of Singapore.
A six-scissor ribbon cutting event took place to mark the start of Philippine Airlines’s (PAL) new domestic service between Cebu and Caticlan (Boracay). On hand were: Nicky Gozon, SVP Airline Operations, PAL; Reyani Romano, Sales, PAL; Jaime Bautista, President, PAL; Wanda Teo, DOT Secretary; Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive Advisor, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation; and Harry Inoferio, SVP Philippine Sales, PAL. There was also a beach-themed cake featuring a deckchair, palm trees, flip-flops, shells and waves.
- Philippine Airlines has expanded its regional network with the addition of three new routes during the last week. On 16 December the national carrier began two new routes from Cebu (CEB). First off it launched a four times weekly service to Singapore (SIN). The 2,420-kilometre route will be the airline’s second route to Singapore as it already operates four daily flights from Manila. Competition on the route comes from Cebu Pacific Air (11 weekly flights), SilkAir (daily flights), AirAsia Philippines and Tigerair Singapore each with four weekly flights. This new service departs Cebu at 22:00 and arrives in Singapore at 01:45. The return flight departs Changi Airport at 02:45 returning to the Philippines at 06:50. The second new Cebu service was the 283-kilometre hop to Caticlan (MPH), a route already flown daily by Cebgo. Philippine Airlines will also fly the route on a daily basis using Q400s operated by PAL Express. The final new route is another daily, domestic route from Caticlan to Clark (CRK), also flown using PAL Express’ Q400s. This 393-kilometre route is not flown by any other carrier.