Philippine Airlines returns to Kuala Lumpur

9 Apr 2013

Philippine Airlines (PAL) returns to Kuala Lumpur on May 1 after an absence of seven years.

The new point is part of a vigorous route expansion, dovetailing with a larger development programme that has included news of aircraft acquisition (see news), onboard enhancements (see news) and even an airport dedicated to PAL operations (see news). In November 2012, the carrier launched non-stop Manila-Toronto flights, its first gateway on the eastern seaboard of North America.

PAL pulled out of KL in 2007 due to financial losses on the route. However, since then, PAL president Ramon S Ang noted: "There has been a demand for more flights to this destination, both business and leisure traffic."

PR 517 departs for the Malaysian capital on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 0755. An Airbus A319 will be utilised for the service.

Like many other Asean capitals, Kuala Lumpur is on the rise, with a number of major hotels having opened in recent months, including the Grand Hyatt (see story). Over the past year, the city has seen Air France beginning its services (see story), Turkish Airlines resuming its flights (see story) and China Eastern doubling its frequency from Shanghai (see story).

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Margie T Logarta

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