PAL Express: New Routes and Schedule Enhancements

Following its rebranding as PAL Express, the domestic affiliate of Philippine Airlines has been busy making scheduling adjustments and assuming new routes.

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Last month, the airline launched new domestic services on May 17, 2013. PAL Express began two new direct services from Bacolod to Caticlan and Puerto Princesa. Each flight will operate twice weekly according to the network schedule.

On May 18, 2013, the airline launched new direct flights between Clark and Caticlan three times per week. But it is expected that the frequency will be reduced down to two weekly flights on September 29, 2013.

In an effort to improve domestic service, PAL Express also raised frequencies on routes to Legazpi and Zamboanga effective May 16, 2013. The new changes will provide Zamboanga with 17 weekly flights, and Legazpi with 10 weekly flights. Kalibo and Cotabato flights from Manila also saw an increase in frequencies.

While May saw a number of changes, June is anticipated to be no exception. PAL Express intends to launch four new domestic services this month. New service was launched to both Puerto Princesa and General Santos from Iloilo on June 1, 2013. The Puerto Princesa service will be operated with four weekly flights while General Santos will receive three weekly flights. On June 3, the airline began service between Cebu-Busuanga and Busuanga-Puerto Princesa. New frequencies were also added on its Cebu-Bacolod service up to twice daily while Manila-Naga flights were increased to 13 weekly trips.

As of the end of May, PAL Express terminated its four weekly flights between Davao and Iloilo along with service between General Santos-Cebu and Cebu-Surigao. Cebu Pacific is now the only carrier serving Surigao from Cebu.

At the beginning of June, PAL Express intends to discontinue service between Cebu-Legazpi and Cebu-Kalibo while frequencies from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu will be reduced to 8 weekly flights and Cagayan de Oro service to Davao will decrease to 4 weekly flights. PAL Express will also be reducing services on its Manila-Dumaguete service down to 11 weekly flights effective October 1, 2013.

Philippine Airlines announced last March that the airline formerly known as Airphil Express would be rebranded as PAL Express. In addition to sharing the same livery and logo, PAL Express passengers will now be able to enjoy complimentary snacks, drinks and reading materials that were previously reserved only for passengers of Philippine Airlines. But in spite of the customer service enhancements under the PAL Express brand, Philippine Airlines says that complimentary snacks and meals will only be made available for flights exceeding 45 minutes and don't count on getting fed if you are travelling on one of the airline's Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. According to the airline, no meals or other amenities will be provided on all turbo prop flights.

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