Philippine Airlines now up to 38 international destinations

Philippine Airlines Manila to Cairns

Cairns Airport pulled out all the stops for the arrival of Philippine Airlines on 3 December. An apron welcome, an impressive cake, dancing and speeches were all present and correct. Apart from Manila, the arrival of the four times weekly A320 service will also see the airport get a direct connection with Auckland in New Zealand.

  • Philippine Airlines has grown its international network in the last week not by just one destination, but by two. On 2 December the inaugural A320 flight from Manila (MNL) to Cairns (CNS) departed the Philippine airport at 23:15 arriving in Australia at 07:30 on 3 December. After that the aircraft flew on to Auckland (AKL) in New Zealand. Kevin Brown, CEO, Cairns Airport, said: “Philippine Airlines’ four return services per week offer us not only one but two international destinations, Manila and Auckland, as well as the many connections available from both those cities. This new service will prove attractive to visitors coming to experience Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef region giving us even more Asian, European and North American connections. Cairns will be the latest addition to Philippine Airline’s extensive route network that spans 37 foreign cities and 30 domestic points.” Janice Antonson, GM Aeronautical, Cairns Airport, added: “Importantly, the service will offer the shortest possible connections to and from our fastest growing inbound visitor markets of China, United Kingdom, USA & Canada and connects us year round with our closest market of New Zealand. Local residents will also appreciate the opportunity for direct flights to the Philippines and beyond as well as year round connectivity with New Zealand that slots in well with that country’s domestic network.” See how Cairns Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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