It was a six-scissor celebration at Manila Airport on 8 June as Philippine Airlines (PAL) resumed flights to Kuala Lumpur after a three-year hiatus. Cutting the celebratory ribbon were: Marianne Raymundo, Chief Finance Officer, PAL; Fazdila Mansor, Tourism Attache of the Malaysian Embassy; Dr. Lucio C. Tan, Chairman, PAL; Irene Montalbo, NAIA Terminal 2 Manager; Stewart Lim, Executive VP & Treasurer, PAL; Ismael Augusto Gozon, Senior VP for Airline Operations, PAL; and Emilio Yu, special assistant to the PAL Chairman.
- Philippine Airlines has resumed flights between Manila (MNL) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) after a gap of over three years. On 8 June the airline restarted daily flights on the 2,488-kilometre route using its 199-seat A321s. The sector is already fairly well served by Malaysia Airlines (three daily flights), Philippines AirAsia (two daily flights), Cebu Pacific Air (12 weekly flights) and AirAsia (daily flights). The Filipino flag carrier and Malaysia Airlines will code-share on the route. Jaime Bautista, President and COO of Philippine Airlines, said: “The resumption of PAL flights between Manila and Kuala Lumpur will help foster economic and cultural ties between the Philippines and Malaysia. Most importantly, it addresses the clamour for a direct service between the two capital cities. Through PAL flights and code-share partners, we can carry passenger traffic from Kuala Lumpur to China, Japan, South Pacific and North America and thus enhance our ASEAN network.”