In the first half of 2019, Philippine Airlines will be adding flights to Cambodia, Vietnam, and return to India.
The new flights will be introduced in March and April to Hanoi, Phnom Penh, and New Delhi. On March 31, the airline will start a 4-times weekly service from Manila to Hanoi using Airbus A320 aircraft. On the following day (April 1), the airline will begin a 5-times weekly service to Phnom Penh using Airbus A321 aircraft.
The new flights is intended to cater to offer travelers from North America a connecting option to Vietnam and Cambodia via the airline’s hub in Manila
“Philippine Airlines’ strategic vision is to make the Philippines a true gateway to Asia. We are the Southeast Asian airline with the biggest and most extensive network of direct flights to the US and Canada, and thus we can be the leader in carrying North American travelers to India, Cambodia and Vietnam via our Manila hub,” Philippine Airlines President and COO Jaime J. Bautista said during a recent media event.
In addition to the new flights to Hanoi and Phnom Penh, the airline will make a return to India. No exact date was announced, as the four-times weekly service is expected to be launched in April pending flight slight availablity and regulatory clearances. The new Manila-New Delhi route will use Airbus A321neo jets with 199 seats. The airline had a service between the two cities that ended in 2013, making a stop in Bangkok along the way.
“India is the air travel growth market of the future and a new economic power, so our link to Delhi improves the Philippines’ connectivity with the global economy. We are enthusiastic about our new Delhi route because, for the first time, we have the right-sized aircraft for the Indian market,” Bautista said.