Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started flying to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea as part of its expansion in the Oceania region.
The thrice-weekly service to Port Moresby – every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday – utilizes the 156-seater Airbus 320.
The flight to Port Moresby will provide an easy route for Filipinos living and working in Papua New Guinea to their native home, while also allowing residents of Papua New Guinea to discover and connect to PAL’s 30 domestic and 39 international destinations. Records show that around 30,000 Filipino professionals are based in Papua New Guinea.
The Manila-Port Moresby route of PAL starts at a rate of US$720 for economy class and US$2132 for business class, while the Port Moresby- Manila route starts at PGK1,768 for economy class and PGK8, 678 for business class.
Port Moresby will become PAL’s 39th international destination.
Papua New Guinea is the South Pacific island’s largest city. Jackson International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Papua New Guinea.
PAL executives, together with officials of the Department of Tourism, led the celebration of the new service during an inaugural reception on December 19 at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby. They were joined by Papua New Guinea government officials, travel agents, tour operators, local media and representatives of the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea.
“After its successful inaugural in Cairns and Auckland, PAL continues its expansion in the Oceania Region by resuming flights in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It allows PAL to be of service to the travel needs of tourists and businessmen both from Manila and Papua New Guinea,” said PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista.