Phillipines Airlines to fly direct to Vancouver and Toronto

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    Philippine Airlines To Have Direct Flights From Toronto To Manila

    Just a few hours ago, we were in a meeting with Philippine Airlines country manager for Canada, Allan Coo, about the upcoming direct flights on Philippine Airlines to Manila from Toronto. Philippine Airlines or PAL is the official flag-carrier of the Philippines.

    Although there are already many flights from Toronto to Manila and Cebu on other airline carriers, this particular flight has been on the wish list of many regular visitors to the Philippines who use Toronto as their gateway.

    The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to approximately 400,000 residents with Philippine-connections and/or Filipino roots. They maybe in the GTA either as overseas foreign workers, live in caregivers, immigrants, as children born in Canada or spouses of former/recent Philippine citizen.

    That does not include those who are interested in traveling to the Philippines as visitors, dating a Filipina based in the Philippines and others.


    MANILA, Philippines – Local legacy carrier Philippine Airlines is preparing to mount direct flights from Manila to Toronto starting on November 30, airline executives said.

    PAL president Ramon S. Ang said in a recent event that this new route will involve re-aligning its current flight entitlements, which are all currently focused on the Manila-Vancouver route.

    “We will serve not only Vancouver but Toronto as well,” Ang told reporters.

    PAL is currently the only local airline flying between the Philippines and Canada, which is host to tens of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

    The legacy carrier, which has new owners and is expecting the staggered delivery of brand new planes, is dependent on the agreed number of flights, destinations, type of aircraft to be used that are set during bilateral air negotiations between the Philippine and Canadian governments.

    3 for Toronto, 4 for Vancouver
    Since PAL has been granted by the Philippine government all the 7 flights a week for the Manila-Vancouver route, PAL officer-in-charge for commercial group Rafael Rollan said they will allocate some of the entitlements to pursue its Manila-Toronto route plans.

    Of the 7 allowed flights per week, Rollan said they are looking at using 3 for the new Manila-Toronto service and 4 will remain for its Manila-Vancouver operation.

    “There will be 4 entitlements for our Manila-Vancouver and the other 3 will be used to fly Manila-Toronto non-stop. The realignment of flight frequencies will begin on November 30. As we speak, we are finalizing the pricing,” said Rollan in an interview.

    “Maybe by mid-September the pricing will be uploaded in our website already,” he added.
    “We want to test Toronto. We will try to develop the market,” he added.
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