Philip­pine Air­lines to fly di­rect from Cebu to LA

First ever US con­nec­tion for Cebu City...

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Philip­pine Air­lines an­nounced plans to launch the first ever di­rect flights be­tween Cebu City and Los An­ge­les.

Com­menc­ing on 15 March 2016, to co­in­cide with the na­tional car­rier's 75th an­niver­sary, the new trans- Pa­cific route will op­er­ate three times a week us­ing a 254- seat, two- class Air­bus A340 air­craft, which of­fers flat- bed seats in busi­ness class.

The route forms part of PAL's US ex­pan­sion strat­egy, which has al­ready in­cluded the launch of flights from Manila to New York ear­lier this year.

“Our cus­tomers in the Visayas and Min­danao have long clam­oured for di­rect flights be­tween Cebu and the US, due to the travel con­ve­nience this will bring. One can sim­ply take a short hop to Cebu from any point in the Visayas and Min­danao and con­nect to Los An­ge­les, in­stead of fly­ing all the way to Manila,” said PAL's pres­i­dent & chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Jaime J. Bautista.

“For­eign tourists and our kababayans ( over­seas Filipino work­ers) in the United States will ben­e­fit from the flex­i­bil­ity of choice in terms of flights to and from the Philip­pines,” he added.

PAL cur­rently op­er­ates 35 weekly ser­vices to the US, in­clud­ing 11 flights per week from Manila to Los An­ge­les, 10 to San Fran­cisco, four to New York, five to Guam and five to Honolulu.

The new LA ser­vice will also be­come the first di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween Cebu and the US, and boosts PAL's in­ter­na­tional net­work from Cebu- Mac­tan In­ter­na­tional Air­port to 34 weekly flights, in­clud­ing the ex­ist­ing di­rect ser­vices to Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul.

Last year, US avi­a­tion author­i­ties lifted re­stric­tions on Philip­pine car­ri­ers op­er­at­ing to the coun­try, al­low­ing PAL to ex­pand its US routes.

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