Philippine Airlines has returned to a full flight schedule, following several weeks of disruption. The national carrier said that all services from its main hub at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 would be operating as planned from today (Thursday 24 November 2011). Full in-flight meal services will also be restored from today, after the airline’s catering was hit by protests outside its in-flight services facility.
“As PAL’s service providers gradually fill up their manpower complement, all operational requirements, from passenger handling to ground handling of all PAL flights, shall now be done in PAL’s home base at Terminal 2,” PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said. “We thank our loyal passengers for bearing with us during these difficult times. We promise to exceed your expectations the next time you board a PAL flight,” she added.
Prior to today, PAL operated approximately 45-50 domestic and 80 international flights per day. This will rise to 50-60 domestic flights from today, while international services remain at 80. PAL has experienced a series of industrial disputes following its decision to outsource three subsidiary units, including its catering division. The move led to the loss of more than 2,300 jobs.