It’s been a week of a few route cancellations for Philippine Airlines, with the carrier announcing on Monday that it would be cutting its Cebu-Los Angeles flights by the end of the month. Now, in an apparent recent schedule update according to industry website routesonline.com, the carrier is set to cease its direct operations between Manila and Abu Dhabi this July.
Flights PR656 and PR657 will operate until July 6, according to Philippine Airlines’ online timetable. The three-times-weekly service currently flies on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and is operated by an A330-300.
Philippine Airlines passengers travelling between Manila and Abu Dhabi can, however, make use of Etihad Airways’ 17-times-weekly flights between the two cities, on which Philippine Airlines codeshares.
The cut to Philippine Airlines’ Middle-East operations will come less than four months after the launch of its new four-times-weekly Manila-Doha service, which it launched in March 26 this year. The airline is deploying its 414-seater A330 with economy and premium economy class seats on the route until July 14, at which point it will switch to its newly refitted A330 with fully flat business class seats starting July 15.