Monday, September 24, 2012

Philippine Airlines (PAL) domestic route effective October 28, 2012 retains flights to major cities only

The news that PAL will cease operations in Dumaguete is going to be a headache for my team. Every year, in the months of January, August, September and December, my school fly in an average of 250 students from South Korea. If you do the math, any travel agency would love to put their feet in our door.

The connecting flight Incheon-Manila-Dumaguete and vice versa with a check-through baggage system in place (meaning they can just check-in their baggage in Incheon and simply claim it in Dumaguete and vice-versa), makes flight transfers convenient.

Though PAL Express (Airphil) will take its place, I can just imagine the hassle of airport transfers from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 with 30 students to herd in any given group. Add to that baggage transfers and you have teachers at the edge of their sanity. Crossing my fingers PAL will provide an efficient transfer, retain check-thru or simply move PAL Express operations to T2. #wishful thinking.

In a statement by PAL last week, it says it will stop operations in many cities in the Philippines to focus on its international operations. So, no more flights to Dumaguete, Zamboanga, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and many key regional cities except Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Laoag, Kalibo and Gen. Santos.

 Beginning October 28, 2012 PAL will only be operating in these routes:
  • Manila-Cebu 13x daily
  • Manila-Davao 7x daily
  • Manila-Iloilo 5x daily
  • Manila-Bacolod 5x daily
  • Manila-Tagbilaran 4x daily
  • Manila-Kalibo 4x daily
  • Manila-Gen. Santos 2x daily
  • Manila-Laoag 2x daily
  • Gen. Santos-Iloilo 3x weekly (M-W-F) 
    In a related development,  7-Eleven stores now accept PAL ticket payments
    • Philippine Airlines (PAL) passengers will now experience the convenience of paying for  their  domestic tickets  24/7  in over 766  7-Eleven  retail  outlets nationwide. 
    •  With ECPay's Payment Center facility in 7-Eleven stores, passengers who book online do not need to go and line up at PAL to pay for their tickets. Instead, they may simply go the nearest 7-Eleven outlet in their neighborhood.
    •  The new scheme is also designed for those with no credit cards who want to do their bookings online in the convenience of their homes, offices, internet cafes or mobile phones.
    •  In addition to the PAL and Airphil Express ticket kiosks in Petron gas stations in Metro Manila, the 7-Eleven tie up exponentially expands the list of PAL payment centers. It offers a hassle-free alternative to ticket offices and travel agencies as avenues for ticket purchases.
    •  In the coming months, PAL would further expand its ticket sales and payment centers to more than 3,000 outlets nationwide in coordination with trade partners like ECPay. 
    •  These programs aims to make it truly convenient for PAL passengers to purchase their tickets by bringing payment centers closer to their neighborhood.
    • more info about this new payment method can be accessed here >>>>>


  1. OMG... nag addtl sa iloilo-gen.santos.. thanks


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