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PhilippineAirlines:PAL realigns flights as 'lean season' starts

Philippine Airlines (PAL) released today (August 7, 2010) a new flight schedule to further optimize operational efficiency as the travel sector enters the ‘lean season’.

The 'lean season' schedule will take effect beginning August 9 up to November 30, 2010.

Based on the list submitted by PAL to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), routes with reduced frequencies include those going to and from Manila and Ozamiz, Dipolog, Puerto Princesa and Cebu. Meanwhile, there will temporarily be no operation between Cebu and Davao. This route will be reinstated during the peak season.

“Capacity rationalization is routinely done in anticipation of lower passenger volume, especially tourists, during the rainy months from August to November. It also coincides with the reduced number of PAL pilots who left for jobs abroad,” PAL president and chief operating officer (COO) Jaime Bautista said.

He said it is during ‘low’ season when airlines normally introduce promotional programs to entice passengers to travel. It’s also the time of year when PAL schedules major maintenance checks on the fleet. PAL launched several promos a few weeks back.

The new flight schedule which will be published in major dailies is also available at the PAL website at www.philippineairlines.com. Passengers may also call 855-8888 for inquiries.

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