Philippine Airlines (PAL) commenced a five times weekly service on the Manila-Abu Dhabi route on 1 October, marking the carrier's return to the Middle East.
The airline will also launch a five times weekly Manila-Dubai service on 6 November and a Manila-Doha service in the same month. Flights to Dubai will be operated by sister carrier PAL Express.
PAL will also resume four times weekly Manila-Riyadh and thrice weekly Manila-Dammam services on 1 and 4 December respectively, although these are subject to governmental approval.
“The return of PAL to the Middle East will not only offer Filipino workers the most direct link to the Philippines but also provide travellers convenient connections with PAL’s extensive international and domestic route network from our hub in Manila,” says the airline’s president Ramon Ang.
Innovata schedules show that PAL will compete with Saudia on routes from Manila to Dammam and Riyadh, and with Emirates on the Manila-Dubai route. It also competes with Etihad Airways on the Manila-Abu Dhabi route.