Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch direct flights to Toronto next month.
From 30 November 2012, the airline will fly from Manila to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, marking PAL’s first direct link to Canada’s largest city for 15 years.
“We are always keen on developing new markets and Toronto, with its diverse population, booming economy and status as one of the world’s top financial centres, presents us a major opportunity to do so,” said PAL President, Ramon S. Ang.
“There has long been a big clamour from our customers in Toronto and all along Canada’s eastern seaboard, particularly the large Filipino community, for a PAL service to their part of the country. We heard them loud and clear, and we’re excited to serve them,” he added.
The new service will trigger a reshuffle of PAL’s Canadian operations. From 30 November, the current daily service between Manila and Vancouver will be cut to four times a week, alternating with three-weekly direct flights from Manila to Toronto.
On the return journey, Vancouver-Manila will operate four times a week, along with a shared service from Toronto three times a week. Toronto-Manila therefore, will be a one-stop service via Vancouver.
PAL will operate its brand-new Boeing 777-300ER on the route, offering 42 seats in business class and 328 in economy.
Toronto becomes PAL’s 27th international destination.