Philippine Airlines increases flights

March 10th, 2009 - 2:59 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Philippines AirlineOn Tuesday Philippine Airlines said it is increasing flights to Canada, the United States and on key domestic routes despite a global crisis that is expected to dampen tourist traffic worldwide.

PAL said its service to Vancouver, will become a daily flight starting on March 23 , currently five times a week.

A statement from PAL said the new flights, on Mondays and Wednesdays, would not continue on to Las Vegas as the other services do but would operate on a turnaround basis.

The airline said it would also add a flight a week to both Los Angeles and San Francisco over the summer, taking weekly services to 10 and eight respectively for those cities.

Philippine Airlines said its budget carrier unit PAL Express will operate more domestic routes, particularly to island destinations, which are a big tourist draw.

In the first half of the year to March 2009 due to a surge in fuel prices, the airline suffered a net loss of US$113.8 million .

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