PAL to reopen China with flights to Xiamen in January 2023

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is resuming flights between Manila and Xiamen beginning on January 13, 2023, reopening scheduled service to mainland China almost three years after the service was paused due to COVID-related border restrictions. 

Starting with one flight per week, operating every Friday, the PAL route to Xiamen will build up frequencies over time, in line with the easing of restrictions and applicable government authorizations. 

“The reopening of our Manila-Xiamen service is a happy development as we welcome the new year, and a good start for the restoration of our flights to and from the Chinese mainland. Philippine Airlines is continuously working towards flying back to more cities in China, with our goal of operating the largest network of flights between the Philippines and multiple cities in mainland China,” PAL Vice President for Sales Bud Britanico said. “Moving forward, we are excited to serve more customers and strengthen the warm and friendly relations that unite the Chinese and Filipino people.”   

From January 13, PAL will offer one flight per week between Manila and Xiamen. Below is the full schedule: 

  • PR 330 Manila-Xiamen – every Friday departing Manila at 07:30 AM, arriving in Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport at 09:55 AM 
  • PR 331 Xiamen-Manila – every Friday departing Xiamen Gaoqi at 11:55 AM, arriving in Manila at 02:30 PM 

The flag carrier will deploy Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the Xiamen route. 

During the pandemic, PAL operated a series of authorized regular charter flights to Nanjing (from July 2020 to September 2022), Hangzhou (August 2022 to September 2022), Tianjin (from July 2022 to August 2022) and Wuhan (from August 2022 to present), while scheduled services on the airline’s regular routes were suspended. 

Before the start of the COVID-19 closures, PAL had previously served 5 cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Quanzhou (Jinjiang).  

Travelers may book through the PAL website at www.philippineairlines.com, the PAL mobile app, the PAL hotline at (02) 8855 8888 or via their preferred travel agents. 

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