Philippine Airlines is set to open a new route, non-stop from Manila to Perth! The route will be the first time that the two cities are joined together.
What are the route details?
The new route will open in March 2020 and will operate four times a week. It is believed that Philippine Airlines will use an Airbus A321neo to operate the route.
The flight will operate on this specific frequency:
Departure Manila from at 00.05, arriving (flying overnight) at Perth at 07:20. The return trip leaves Perth at 08:40 and arrives back in Manila at 15:50. As the two cities are roughly in the same timezone (and the route flies North to South) there should be very little jetlag.
The aircraft will be laid out with 12 seats in business class (in a 2-2 configuration with no direct aisle access) with 78 inches of pitch in lie-flat mode (not bad for the flight down south).
The economy cabin is in a 3-3 configuration with 32 inches of pitch, which is a little tight for an international flight.
Tourism and students
Speaking to Airline Ratings, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia mentioned that this would be a win for the region as tourism and student numbers are set to expand on the sunburnt continent (Australia has over 800,000 students studying in the country, mostly from Asian nations).
“International education is important for the tourism industry because each international student attracts 1.5 visiting friends and relatives from overseas annually. The flights have the potential to increase the attraction of WA as a study destination for Filipino students,” said Mr Papalia.
“Direct flights such as this help to position WA as Australia’s western gateway, whereby visitors can start their Australian adventure in Perth and go on to explore our many wonderful regions.”
Perth Airport is set to win
In the same release, Perth Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brown mentioned how the Philippines is a key market for the airport.
“We had already been able to add around 400,000 seats of capacity into Perth over the past 12 months from our key Asian markets.” Continued Mr. Brown in the same interview “We think the direct service has the potential to tip the numbers even more in favor of in-bound passengers which will be great for tourism and hospitality and the international education market”
But this is not only inbound tourism but also Australian’s looking for new holiday destinations.
“With more than 7,000 islands and amazing beaches on offer, the Philippines is also an attractive holiday destination for West Australians, with 20,000 people visiting last year.”
This is also another major win for Perth Airport, which seems to be going from strength to strength. They already have direct routes to London (the only route in the world to link Australia and Europe without a stopover) and there have been rumors in the past of linking South America to the airport.
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