For travelers planning their next trip to the Philippines or Taiwan, Philippine Airlines (PAL) has exciting news – the airline is set to enhance its international network with the introduction of two new codeshare routes. PAL will connect Manila to Kaohsiung and Cebu to Taipei in partnership with China Airlines. These new routes are set to open up more options for travelers flying between the two countries.
PAL New Codeshare Route: Manila-Kaohsiung
The new codeshare route connecting Manila to Kaohsiung will greatly benefit travelers who wish to explore Taiwan’s second-largest city. Kaohsiung is a popular destination in Taiwan, known for its rich history, local culture, and modernity. With PAL’s new flight options, travelers can now explore this fascinating city, with convenient connections from Manila. The flight operates four times a week, with PAL and China Airlines working together to provide seamless connections for travelers.
Starting in July 2023, PAL will operate four times weekly codeshare services between Manila and Kaohsiung. Flights PR 3300/CI 712 will depart Manila at 10:00 AM and arrive in Kaohsiung at 11:55 AM local time every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The return flights, PR 3301/CI 711, will depart Kaohsiung at 07:15 AM and arrive in Manila at 09:00 AM on the same day. China Airlines will operate these flights using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
PAL New Codeshare Route: Cebu-Taipei
Travelers can also expect a better connection between the Philippines’ second-largest city, Cebu, and the bustling city of Taipei. The new codeshare flight, operated by PAL and China Airlines, will provide travelers with access to Taipei’s famous landmarks, cuisine, and night markets. This new flight option is a convenient and more comfortable way to travel between these two vibrant cities, eliminating the need for long layovers and multiple transfers.
PAL will also launch five times weekly codeshare services between Cebu and Taipei. Flights PR 3302/CI 706 will depart Cebu at 12:05 PM and arrive at Taipei Taoyuan Airport at 3:00 PM every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The return flights, PR 3303/CI 705, will depart Taipei at 8:10 AM and land at Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 11:05 AM on the same days. China Airlines will operate this route using Airbus A321neo aircraft.
PAL-China Airlines Codeshare Benefits for Travelers
There are many benefits to these new Philippine Airlines, and China Airlines codeshare routes.
- Travelers can take advantage of more seamless connections to their final destinations. With codesharing partnerships, travelers are able to book through tickets, which means their bags are checked in all the way to their final destination. This eliminates the need to re-check bags and saves time for travelers.
- Philippine Airlines’ codesharing with China Airlines offers travelers access to each other’s frequent flyer programs. Frequent flyer members can now earn and redeem miles when traveling on either airline, providing valuable benefits and rewards.
- The expansion of the codeshare partnership aims to promote air travel between the Philippines and Taiwan. Both airlines are enthusiastic about serving the growing demand for travel to Taiwan, especially with the ongoing visa-free arrangement for Filipino tourists. Cebu and Kaohsiung are attractive destinations for both business and leisure travelers.
- The codeshare agreement also grants China Airlines access to PAL’s domestic network, allowing the airline to place its “CI” code on select PAL-operated flights between Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo. This facilitates travel for passengers between Taiwan and these Philippine cities.
The codeshare partnership between PAL and China Airlines has been in place since 2015, and the introduction of these new codeshare routes further strengthens their collaboration as full-service airlines catering to the needs of Filipino and Taiwanese travelers. The expanded connectivity between the two regions will boost tourism and business opportunities.
The new PAL codeshare routes linking Manila with Kaohsiung and Cebu with Taipei are exciting for travelers between the Philippines and Taiwan. These new flight options offer greater convenience, more comfort, and more seamless connections for travelers. With PAL’s new safety measures in place, passengers can rest assured that their health and safety are a top priority. So whether you’re exploring Taipei’s night markets or taking in Kaohsiung’s rich history, Philippine Airlines’ new codeshare routes make it easier than ever to get there.
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