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PAL increases Sydney flights

Philippine Airlines said Wednesday it will increase flights between Manila and Sydney in Australia to seven times a week from the current five weekly frequencies, starting Oct. 25.

“A daily frequency with a choice of departure and arrival times provides our passengers the flexibility to seamlessly connect to many cities on PAL’s domestic and international network,” PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said.

The flag carrier said beginning Oct. 25, flights to Manila from Sydney depart of 6:10 in the morning (Australian time) every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday via PR 214, arriving in Manila at 11:25 in the morning.

For the rest of the week - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - flights from Sydney depart at 11:15 in the morning via PR 212, arriving Manila at 4:30 in the afternoon.

The airline said passengers would continue to experience the trademark service of the national flag carrier –marked by warmth, charm and Filipino hospitality.

The in-flight menu is designed to offer a variety of Continental and Filipino cuisine and beverage offerings geared to make the travel experience memorable and relaxing, it said.

PAL Holdings Inc., the parent company of PAL earlier reported consolidated total comprehensive income of P5.94 billion in the January-June period, up 1,500 percent from just P362.4 million year-on-year.

Comprehensive income in the second quarter grew 49 percent to P2.16 billion from P1.45 billion a year ago.

Total revenues in the first half rose 14 percent to P55.95 billion from P48.95 billion a year earlier. Revenues in the second quarter reached P28.09 billion, up 2.9 percent from P27.23 billion.

PAL Holdings said the 37-percent increase in the number of passengers for the Americas, Australia, Japan and Middle East routes, coupled by the effect of interlining arrangement with PAL Express in the domestic sectors, contributed to the favorable revenue performance during the period.

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