Travel and Tourism

PAL to launch nonstop flights to Seattle in October

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL)  announced it will launch non-stop flights from  Manila to Seattle, Washington in the United States starting October 2.

PAL president Stanley Ng said the airline chose to launch Seattle for the long-haul flight in response to its growing number of Filipinos and others travelling to the Philippines and Asia.

Seattle will be PAL’s sixth US destination, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, and Guam.

Already, PAL has  direct flights to nearby Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada and other Canadian states like Toronto which hosts the biggest Filipino population.

Only last November, PAL opened a third weekly flight to Toronto  in response to the growing demand for travel to and from the Canadian East Coast region, thereby boosting businesses and tourist travel flows between the countries. 

Toronto is home to about 400,000 of nearly one million Filipinos in Canada.

PAL is the only airline with nonstop flights between the Philippines and Canada, with access points in Vancouver directly with the airline, and flights to Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary made available through its codeshare partner WestJet.

The new route, Ng said, will give the Philippines the chance to promote its beautiful islands, both to leisure and business travelers.

“We’re also exploring some European countries. It’s not easy to launch a new destination without the support of the other side, as well as support from the government,” he added.

PAL will use the Boeing 777-300ER for the Seattle flights.

The route will operate thrice weekly, every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, at 10:40 p.m. (PST) from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and 11:40 p.m. (Seattle local time) from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (Claire Morales True)