Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) reopened direct flights between Manila and Guangzhou (Canton), the mega-port city and gateway to China’s Pearl River Delta Economic Zone in the industrial heartland of Guangdong province.
Starting today, January 14, 2023, PAL operates an initial once-weekly flight every Saturday to Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport.
“We are gearing up for the resumption of regular passenger flights to Mainland China – helping pave the way for the full restoration of our pre-pandemic flight frequencies. By adding Guangzhou to our roster of operated flights, we are connecting to the world’s second-largest economy and enhancing friendly ties between China and the Philippines,” PAL Vice President for Network Planning Christoph Gaertner said.
The PAL flights to and from Guangzhou offer travelers early morning departures, as follows:
· PR 382 Manila-Guangzhou – every Saturday, departing Manila at 03:35 AM, arriving in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 06:10 AM
· PR 383 Guangzhou-Manila – every Saturday, departing Guangzhou at 08:40 AM, arriving in Manila at 11:10 AM (there will be adjusted timings starting January 28, 2023 – PR 383 departure will be at 07:10 AM, arriving in Manila at 09:35 AM)
For the Guangzhou route, the flag carrier deploys Airbus A330-300 (capacity: 309 to 363 seats) and Airbus A321ceo aircraft (capacity: 199 seats).
As part of a gradual restoration of services to Mainland China, PAL also resumed flying between Manila and Xiamen yesterday, January 13, 2023, initially with one flight per week.
For its calibrated step-by-step resumption of flights to the Chinese mainland, PAL is working closely with Chinese and Philippine health and aviation authorities to ensure the highest level of health safety protections for travelers.
“We uphold the highest standards of safety in all our flights. Aircraft surfaces are disinfected before and after every journey, and high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filters cleanse the cabin air of bacteria and viruses with 99.99% efficacy,” said PAL VP Mr. Gaertner. “As always, our passengers will need to comply with any arrival testing protocols implemented by the Philippine and Chinese governments,” he added.
Prior to the pandemic, the flag carrier served the mainland Chinese cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Quanzhou (Jinjiang), and Xiamen for a total of 34 weekly flights.
From March 2020 up to the present, PAL operated regular and ad hoc all-cargo and charter flights to mainland China, including passenger charters to Tianjin and vaccine transport flights.
For bookings, travelers may visit the PAL website at http://www.philippineairlines.com, the PAL mobile app, call their hotline at (02) 8855 8888, or reach out to their preferred travel agents.