Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to start a regular service between Manila and Perth, considered as the first-ever nonstop air link between Western Australia and the Philippines, by March next year.
With PAL’s non-stop flight to Perth, travelers will save at least four hours and a half in travel time versus taking other airlines that require a stopover and flight connections.
“Our pioneer nonstop flights will allow us to vigorously promote the Philippines as a top-notch tourist experience for residents of Western Australia, and we look forward to extending our gracious Filipino hospitality to them from the moment they step on board our brand-new planes flown by our experienced professional crew,” said Eugene Go, PAL chief sales and chief marketing officer.
PAL will deploy its long-range Airbus A321neo aircraft on the Manila-Perth-Manila route.
PAL operates the largest network of flights between the Philippines and Australia. Perth is its fourth Australian gateway, joining Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, all of which are served with nonstop flights using Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft.
Overall, PAL offers 19 weekly nonstop flights to these four Australian destinations, as well as three weekly flights to Auckland in New Zealand and four weekly flights to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Australia is the Philippines’ fifth largest source of tourists: 279,821 Australians visited the Philippines in 2018, while more than 203,000 Australians visited in the first nine months of 2019.