Philippine Airlines is to finally launch its new nonstop route between Manila and Perth in March next year.
The carrier had originally announced plans for the route in 2019, with four-times-weekly flights having been scheduled to launch in March 2020.
This was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the flag carrier has now confirmed that a thrice weekly service will launch on March 27, 2023.
Schedules are as follows:
- Flight PR223 will depart Manila at 0005 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving into Perth at 0715
- Flight PR224 will departs Perth at 0830 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving into Manila at 1550
The seven-hour flight will be operated by the airline’s A321 neo aircraft.
The new route represents the first nonstop flights between the Philippines and Western Australia, although routesonline.com notes that Philippine Airlines briefly offered a one-stop service between Manila and Perth (via Darwin) in 2013.
The carrier also operates flights from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International airport to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.