PAL to launch Manila Guangzhou-Manila on July 16
July 3, 2013 1:53 am
MANILA, July 2 — Starting July 16, Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will fly to Guangzhou, China, which proves the strong connections between the two countries.
PAL President Ramon S. Ang said the new Manila Guangzhou-Manila route brings to six PALs total destinations in China.
PAL will have four flights weekly to the capital of Guangdong province via PR382, with return flights via PR 383. Currently, PAL destinations in China include Beijing, Xiamen, Shanghai, Macau and Hong Kong.
The launching of the Manila Guangzhou Manila route aims to further strengthen the strong ties between both cities. More importantly, this will allow business travelers and tourists the chance to spend time in the Philippines, and hop to any of our domestic or international destinations, Ang said in a statement.
The flights are being launched in the wake of robust tourist arrivals to and from Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton.
Last year, there were 52,279 Manila tourist arrivals in the Chinese city and 56,107 Chinese tourist arrivals in Manila.
Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed there were 250,883 Chinese tourists last year and sees that the number of arrivals will increase to 260,000 this year.
As of last year, seat entitlements in China were 702,000. Philippines had 88 percent entitlement utilization or 617,760 .
Guangzhou will be served by Asia's most experienced airline, offering the most pleasant journey for the more discriminating travelers.
The new PAL service provides Guangzhou business and leisure passengers convenient connections to PAL's 31 domestic and 32 international destinations from its hub in Manila.
PAL will also be one of the few full-service carriers to operate at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
Guangzhou is a city rich in historical and cultural heritage and is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai.
Its isolation from the rest of China by mountains and early exposure to Western influence has led to a consumerist lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. Many tourists prefer not just to shop but also to experience its culinary delights.
Having three industrial zones, the city accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-China products, including tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys, whose low prices attract enterprising travelers from around the world. Usually, sculptures made of jade, wood and olive coming from the whole region is most sought-after.
As a port city with different travel options, Guangzhou has an extensive underground railway system using high-speed trains, a two-runway international airport, the world's second largest Bus Rapid Transit (mass transport system) and river ferries.
Guangzhou is less than two hours away by train from Hong Kong.
PAL first flew to Guangzhou (Canton) on August 1, 1979 using tri-engine Boeing 727-200. PAL was the first Southeast Asian airline to fly to China after Beijing reopened the country's doors to the outside world in 1975.
Recently, PAL launched maiden journeys to Darwin, Brisbane and Perth in June 2013 and to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Basco, Batanes in May, 2013. PAL and affiliate PAL Express will also mount flights to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam in the Middle East within the year. (PNA)