Manila-Dubai Flights to be Transferred to Philippine Airlines

Effective March 29 2015, PAL Express will drop its Manila-Dubai route.  The airline has been operating the route since November 2013.

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However, Manila-Dubai flights will not be leaving the PAL group altogether.  Such flights will then be served by the mainline flag carrier Philippine Airlines.  The Airbus A330 which was used in PAL Express operations will be operated by Philippine Airlines for the same route.  Flight times will remain unaffected however, the Tuesday flight will not operate from April 15-November 30.

Philippine Airlines President Jaime Bautista says that this is a move to allow PAL Express to focus more on serving domestic flights.  Nonetheless flights to Cebu and Davao from Manila (and vice versa), which offer business class, will still be operated by the mainline flag carrier.

Philippine Airlines currently serves several Middle East destinations like Riyadh, Dammam, Abu Dhabi.  Bautista previously indicated that the Middle East continues to be an important market for the carrier.

Source: Interaksyon, ABS-CBN News


  1. Why not open Davao-Hong Kong vice versa to utilize the excess aircraft. This might be a good route?

  2. PAL Group should have an LCC to compete the domestic market. Make PAL express a regional airline and PAL the mainline carrier. just like SIA and CX

  3. new news.... its good to post it here too...


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