PAL, PAL Express to scale back services

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) and its sister carrier PAL Express will eliminate several services in the coming weeks.

PAL is ending its four times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Manila service on 27 February, while reducing the daily Manila-Macau service to five times weekly on 1 March, according to its network schedule.

Starting in March, PAL Express will cut 10 inter-island flights, while taking over the Manila-Cebu and Manila-Davao services now operated by PAL.

The services it plans to eliminate in the first half of March are Cebu-Puerto Princesa, Iloilo-General Santos, Cebu-Bacolod, Cebu-Ozamiz, Cebu-Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro-Davao, Cebu-Butuan, Cebu-Cagayan de Oro, Cebu-Iloilo, and Cebu-Davao.

PAL did not comment on its reasons for eliminating the routes when contacted by Flightglobal, but unsourced media reports in the Philippines suggest that the reductions are part of an effort to improve aircraft utilsation.

However, PAL Express will raise the Manila-Laoag service from seven to 10 times weekly, Manila-Tacloban from 14 to 17 times weekly, Manila-Zamboanga from 15 to 21 times weekly, and Manila-Cebu from 72 to 73 times weekly.

The frequency increases will take place on 1 March, schedules show.