PAL adds flights for Chinese New Year holidays

MANILA – Philippine Airlines will operate additional flights and charters, as well as upgrade to larger aircraft, on several domestic and Asian routes to serve the needs of travelers during the busy Lunar New Year holidays starting mid-February.

Special flights using Airbus A320 aircraft will be mounted between Taipei and Kalibo, gateway to the resort island of Boracay, and between Taipei and Cebu, from February 12 to 22.

These charters will be supplemented by extra frequencies on the regular daily service between Manila and Taipei during that period.

PAL will also operate a special charter flight from Chengdu in southwestern China to Kalibo on February 14 as well as the return service on February 18, routed Kalibo-Chengdu-Manila. An A320 jet will be used on these flights.

Meanwhile, to accommodate the expected surge in travelers during the holidays, PAL will switch to widebody Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft from the single-aisle A320 normally deployed on its regular Manila-Beijing vice-versa and Manila-Shanghai vice-versa services between February 11 and 21.

Specific regular flights between Manila and Hong Kong on February 12, 13 and 21 will also be upgraded to higher-capacity aircraft.

A fourth regular flight will be upgraded and rerouted as Manila-Hong Kong-Cebu on February 12-13, with the return flight as Cebu-Hong Kong-Manila on February 16-17.

Finally, in support of its international charters and upgrades, PAL will add numerous frequencies on its popular Manila-Cebu v.v. and, especially, Manila-Kalibo v.v. domestic services between February 13 and 22.

The period preceding and following Lunar New Year’s Day, which this year falls on February 14, is one of the busiest times in the travel calendar.

It is a particularly special occasion for Chinese, who traditionally mark the holidays by vacationing in neighboring countries.

For booking requirements, passengers are advised to visit or call (02) 855-8888.

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