Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch regular Manila-Perth and Perth-Manila services starting from March 27, 2023, linking the Philippines and Western Australia with nonstop flights for the first time.
The new PAL direct flights will allow travelers to reach Perth in just seven (7) hours, saving them four to six hours in travel time compared to flying via other airlines that require a stopover and flight connections in a third country.
Starting March 27, the three weekly PAL services will operate every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Travelers will fly on PAL’s long-range Airbus A321neo aircraft, featuring full-flat Business Class seats and a spacious Economy cabin designed for maximum comfort with individual entertainment systems in each seat.
The PR 223 Manila-Perth service will depart from Manila at 12:05 AM local time and arrive in Perth Airport at 7:15 AM. Flight PR 224 Perth-Manila will depart from Perth’s Terminal 1 International at 8:30 AM local time and land in Manila at 3:50 PM.
“We are delighted to say, ‘Mabuhay, Perth!’ as we expand our network to Western Australia,” said Philippine Airlines President & COO Captain Stanley K. Ng. “The new nonstop flights give Philippine Airlines and travel partners a great opportunity to promote the Philippines as a prime tourist and business destination for travelers in Western Australia. Likewise, we invite Filipinos to do business in Perth or visit family members while discovering this dynamic Australian region and building new friendships.”
Citing a “win for Western Australia business, tourism and exports”, Perth Airport Chief Executive Office Kevin Brown said: “This exciting new route will inject more than 52,000 seats into the market each year. We’re keen to see more Filipino students choose to study in Perth to help the education sector as well as our tourism and hospitality markets. The same is true in reverse. With more than 7,000 islands and amazing beaches on offer, the Philippines also offers Western Australians an attractive holiday destination.”
“I wish to congratulate Philippine Airlines and Perth Airport on the launch of the nonstop flight between Manila and Perth. The Philippines has a strong relationship with the State of Western Australia given our trade, investment and people to people connections. I look forward to more opportunities to reinforce this relationship with the help of Philippine Airlines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega.
Philippine Airlines operates the largest network of flights between the Philippines and Australia. Perth is PAL’s fourth Australian gateway, joining Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, all of which are served with nonstop flights using Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft. PAL offers a total of 20 weekly direct flights to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The first-ever direct flights between Manila and Perth will help stimulate business and holiday travel of Australians to the Philippines, as well as Filipinos visiting the western regions of the Australian continent. Australia is the Philippines’ third largest source of tourist visitors, with more than 89,000 Australians visiting the Philippines in 2022 thus far.
PAL’s service provides new connectivity via the airline’s Manila hub for Perth-bound passengers traveling from Los Angeles, Bangkok, Hong Kong and points in Japan, as well as from Cebu, Davao and other key Philippine destinations.
“The schedule into Manila will maximize the opportunity to connect to some incredible Philippines destinations, including Cebu and Davao, as well as making the most of Philippine Airlines’ extensive network throughout Asia and beyond to the USA,” said Mr. Brown of Perth Airport.
Travelers may avail of the best fares and promotional rates by logging on to www.philippineairlines.com, the PAL mobile app or by visiting their preferred travel agent.