PAL launches flights to Papua New Guinea

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Dec 21, 2015: Philippine Airlines (PAL) launched flights to Papua New Guinea on December 18, as part of its expansion plans in the Oceania region.

The thrice-weekly service to Port Moreseby, capital of Papua New Guinea, (every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday) utilises the 156-seater Airbus 320.

PAL executives, together with officials of the Department of Tourism, lead the celebration of the new service during an inaugural reception on December 19 at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby. They were joined by Papua New Guinea government officials, travel agents, tour operators, local media and representatives of the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea.

“After its successful inaugural in Cairns and Auckland, PAL continues its expansion in the Oceania Region by resuming flights in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It allows PAL to be of service to the travel needs of tourists and businessmen both from Manila and Papua New Guinea,” said Jaime J. Bautista , president and chief operating officer, PAL.

The flight to Port Moresby will provide an easy route for Filipinos living and working in Papua New Guinea to their native home, while also allowing residents of Papua New Guinea to discover and connect to PAL’s 30 domestic and 39 international destinations. Records show that around 30,000 Filipino professionals are based in Papua New Guinea.

Port Moresby will become PAL’s 39th international destination.

Papua New Guinea is the South Pacific Island’s largest city. Jackson International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Papua New Guinea.

Photo : From left, PAL President Jaime J. Bautista (left) and David Lim, PAL Senior Vice President for Commercial Group, presenting a model A320 aircraft to Papua New Guinea Ambassador to the Philippines Christian Vihruri during the send-off ceremony of the inaugural flight.

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