NATIONAL flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch flights to its sixth Chinese destination, Guangzhou, on July 16.
Flights to China’s third-largest city will run four times a week and link Manila and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, where PAL will be one of the few full-service carriers operating.
The move follows strong two-way traffic between Manila and Guangzhou. According to a PAL media release, some 52,279 travellers from Manila visited the capital of Guangdong province last year, while 56,107 Chinese tourists made their way to Manila during the same period.
PAL president, Ramon S Ang, said: “The launching of the Manila-Guangzhou-Manila route aims to further strengthen the strong ties between both cities. More importantly, this will allow business travellers and tourists the chance to spend time in the Philippines, and hop to any of our domestic or international destinations.”
PAL presently runs five other services to China, flying to Beijing, Xiamen, Shanghai, Macau and Hong Kong.