PAL flights to New Zealand starts Wednesday

December 2, 2015 6:49 am 

MANILA, Dec. 1 — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start offering four times weekly flights between Manila and Auckland in New Zealand on Wednesday, making this another first for the airline company.

It will fly via Cairns (Australia) and will utilize the 156-seater Airbus 320, flying every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.

PAL said that Cairns and Auckland will become PAL’s 37th and 38th international points respectively, while Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, set to be launched on Dec. 18, will be its 39th international destination.

PAL President Jaime Bautista in a statement welcomed the airline company’s latest development, noting that the route will stimulate passenger traffic along three travel streams – Manila- Cairns, Manila -Auckland as well as Cairns – Auckland.

“The new service allows Philippine Airlines to cater to the travel needs of business and leisure travelers and showcase its distinct brand of service marked by Filipino warmth, charm and hospitality,” Bautista said.

“Filipinos residing in New Zealand will find the new service as their convenient link to their home country,” he added.

Bautista is meanwhile set to join guests on the inaugural flight and at a dinner-reception on Dec. 4 at Auckland where Philippine and New Zealand government officials, travel agents, tour operators, local media and representatives of the Filipino community in Auckland are invited.

PAL's first flight to New Zealand provides a most convenient route for the more than 44,000 Filipinos residing in New Zealand to visit home, while allowing Auckland and Cairns residents to discover Manila or connect to PAL’s 30 domestic and 39 international destinations.

The airline company is offering an introductory fare of only USD 880 for a roundtrip, economy class and USD 2,700 for business class on the Manila-Auckland route; while USD705 for economy class and USD 2,044 for business class for a roundtrip Auckland-Manila route.

Roundtrip fare for Auckland to Cairns, Australia starts at USD 378 for economy class and USD 1658 for business class; roundtrip Cairns-Auckland route at USD 368 for economy class and USD 1832 for business class; roundtrip Cairns- Manila at USD 523 for economy class and USD 2,452 for business class; and roundtrip Manila-Cairns at USD 1,200 for economy class and USD 2,950 for business class. (PNA)

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