Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced additional Manila to Batanes flights and vice versa. The new flights are part of PAL’s efforts to help promote local tourism and spur economic recovery.
The increased Manila to Batanes flights frequency will give travelers more options for planning their trips. The new flights will begin on July 24, with a Sunday frequency, and will increase to seven flights per week starting on August 2.
This will give travelers a week of daily morning departures from both Manila and Basco, Batanes. PAL is committed to helping the Philippines’ economy recover by promoting tourism within the country. These additional flights between Manila and Basco are one way that PAL is making travel more accessible for everyone.
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New Philippine Airlines Manila to Batanes to Manila Flights
From July 24, a fourth weekly flight on the Manila-Basco-Manila route will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The full schedule is shown below:
Flight PR 2932 Manila to Basco: departing Manila at 06:00 AM and arriving in Basco at 07:45 AM
Flight PR 2933 Basco to Manila: departing Basco at 08:15 AM, arriving Manila at 10:00 AM
Philippine Airlines will operate seven weekly Manila to Batanes flights and back beginning August 2, providing daily morning departures. The Manila to Batanes flights and Batanes to Manila Flights departure and arrival times are the same as previously mentioned.
“While always prioritizing safety and health concerns, PAL will add more flights on existing domestic routes to meet the demands of the traveling public and promote tourism,” Harry D. Inoferio, a Senior Assistant Vice-President at PAL, added.
The airline expects to return to pre-2008 levels in terms of international flights by the end of the year, with the exception of China.
PAL has been implementing a gradual resumption of flights since May when the Philippines began to ease restrictions on domestic travel. The airline plans to operate at 50% of its pre-pandemic international flight levels by the end of 2020.
PAL is committed to helping the Philippine economy recover by promoting tourism within the country. These additional flights between Manila and Basco are one way that PAL is making travel more accessible for everyone. With seven flights per week, travelers will have ample opportunity to plan their trip and enjoy all that Batanes has to offer.
History of Philippines Airlines and Manila to Batanes Flights
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been serving the Batanes Islands since the early 1980s, when it started offering flights from Manila to Basco. At that time, PAL was the only airline flying to Basco, so it had a monopoly on the route. In recent years, however, a few other airlines have also started flying to Basco, so PAL no longer has a monopoly.
Most of PAL’s flights to Basco are operated using Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The aircraft is configured to seat 78 passengers in a single-class cabin. The flight from Manila to Basco takes about two hours, and the return flight from Basco to Manila takes about one hour and thirty minutes.
Before the pandemic, PAL offers several flights per day between Manila and Basco, varying schedules depending on the season. In peak season, which is from May to October, there used to be two or three flights per day, while in off-peak season, from November to April, there is usually only one flight per day.
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