Hokkaido government officials led by Vice Governor Hitoshi Kubota on Wednesday called on Philippine Airlines president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista at the PAL Corporate Headquarters in Pasay City as a show of support for the flag carrier’s forthcoming new route in Japan.
PAL had made the decision to postpone the original Sept. 10 launch of its Manila-Sapporo-Manila route to a new date due to the recent 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Hokkaido.
“Tourist spots and destinations in Hokkaido are open for domestic and international tourists. It is business as usual. The region has recovered from the September 6 earthquake,” said Kubota.
The Hokkaido government is in the midst of organizing tourism promotional campaigns to drive travelers to this Japanese Region.
Bautista, for his part, said that PAL’s newest route—Manila-Sapporo-Manila —aimed to serve the growing demand for direct flights to one of Japan’s popular travel destinations, especially Filipino tourists.
“Philippine Airline’s upcoming new service between Manila and Sapporo—starting December 7, 2018—will further boost the flag carrier’s presence in Japan,” he said.
Flight PR-406 leaves Manila every Monday/ Wednesday / Friday at 1:55 am and arrives in Sapporo at 8:30 am. The returning flight PR-405 departs Sapporo on the same days at 9:45 am and touches down in Manila at 2:15 pm.
PAL corporate communications head and spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna said the legacy carrier was all set for the five-hour and 30 minute maiden journey next month which will utilize the brand new 168-seater Airbus single-aisle A321 NEO aircraft, with 12 full-flat business class seats and 156 economy seats and wider legroom and inseat TV monitors on all seats, Wi-fi connection, reduced noise levels, and myPAL e-Suite to access over 300 hours of inflight entertainment selections.
From Manila, PAL currently flies to Fukuoka, Nagoya (Chubu), Osaka (Kansai), and Tokyo (both Narita and Haneda airports); from Cebu, the airline operates flights to Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo, Narita. Joel E. Zurbano