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June 10, 2008

PHILIPPINES/AVIATION
Flag-carrier boosts MacAu, Singapore flights

Philippine Airlines has boosted frequency to one of its most popular new destinations, Macau, upgrading the service to a daily schedule barely a fortnight after launching it last month on the back of strong market demand.

PAL recently began operating daily flights to the former Portuguese territory-turned-gaming mecca on Chinas southern coast, up from the five-times-weekly frequency when the service was inaugurated on May 1.

To introduce the new schedule, PAL is offering a special round-trip fare of $108 between Manila and Macau, which is available for ticketing until June 30, 2008 and for travel until December 15, 2008. It excludes insurance and fuel surcharges as well as taxes.

PALs Macau service, which utilizes 156-seater Airbus A320 aircraft configured into Mabuhay (Business) Class and Fiesta Class cabins, has experienced near-capacity loads since its launch, as visitors flock to the bright lights and gaming tables of the city dubbed Asias Las Vegas.


Meanwhile, PAL will add a fourth frequency to Singapore on July 1, a twice-a-week service operating every Tuesday and Saturday, complementing the current three daily services and raising total frequency to the Lion City to 23 flights weekly.

This makes Singapore PAL's second-most-frequented international point after Hong Kong (which is served 28 times weekly) an indication of the robust travel market between Manila and Singapore


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