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WA travellers get new international airline, nonstop destination

PAL to operate four-times weekly service between Perth and Manila

Philippine Airlines will commence its first-ever flights to Western Australia next year with non-stop services between Perth and Manila.


To launch on 30 March 2020, the first nonstop air link between the Philippines and WA will be serviced by PAL’s long-range Airbus A321 neo aircraft, which offers 12 fully-flat Business Class seats and a “spacious” economy cabin with 156 seats.


Intramuros, Manila


With the launch of the approximately seven-hour, 20-minute route, travellers in both directions will save at least 4.5 hours in travel time over the current quickest journey. 


The four-times weekly service (PR224), which will operate every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will depart PER Terminal 1 at 8.40am and arrive in Manila at 3.50pm. The return leg (PR223) will depart Manila at 12.05am and arrive in Perth at 7.20am on the same days. 


“We are thrilled to welcome Perth to our network,” PAL Chief Sales and Chief Marketing Officer Eugene C. Go said. 


“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.”


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According to PAL, Australia is the fifth largest source market for tourist arrivals into the Philippines, with around 280,000 Aussies visiting the Southeast Asian nation in 2018, and more than 203,000 in the first nine months of 2019.  


With the Philippines the second largest Asian source country of birth for Western Australians, WA can also expect to welcome more travellers from Philippines.


With the announcement, Perth becomes PAL’s fourth Australian destination alongside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


To mark the event, PAL is offering special launch fares to the Philippines at AU$599 all-in return on economy and AU$2,519 all-in return on business class.



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 10 December 2019

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