PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is making a comeback to the Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh and Dammam after years of absence on these routes.
Beginning today, PAL will commence four-times-weekly flights to Riyadh. Flying every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, PAL flights leave Manila at 08.15 and arrive in Riyadh at 13.30. PAL suspended Riyadh services in March 2011.
From December 3, the carrier will restart thrice-weekly services to Dammam after a 12-year hiatus. Flights out of Manila will operate every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, leaving at 13.35 and arriving in Dammam at 18.00.
The airline will deploy Airbus A330-300 aircraft on these routes.
The restarted direct services are expected to be a boon to the 1.8 million Filipino expatriates in Saudi Arabia alone.
Last month, PAL resumed flights to London after being struck off the European Union’s aviation blacklist (TTG Asia e-Daily, September 18, 2013).