MANILA, May 21 — The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines on Wednesday said it is set to launch flights from Manila to Cairns, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning December 1 this year. PAL said these new flights are part of the expansion of its network in the Oceania region.
The airline will operate four flights weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) to serve the Manila-Cairns-Auckland route, utilizing the 156-seater Airbus A320. Its six-hour flight to Cairns departs Manila at 11:45 p.m. (Manila time) arriving in Australia at 08:00 a.m. (local time) the following day. The one-hour stopover allows the airline to pick up passengers from Cairns for the continuing journey to Auckland. Arrival in New Zealand is at 4:00 p.m. (local time).
Flights from Auckland depart on the same days at 6:30 p.m. (local time), arriving Cairns at 10:30 p.m. (local time). After a brief stopover, flights depart from Cairns, arriving Manila at 3:30 a.m. (Manila time), the following day.
Prior to launching flights to these two destinations, PAL opened services to New York, USA last March 15 and to Jinjiang in Quangzhou, China last April 25. (PNA)