Philippine Airlines said Tuesday it will revive nonstop flights between Cebu and Los Angles in May 2020 after suspending the service for more than two years.
“Our upcoming service from Cebu to LA is a vivid demonstration of our commitment to build up Mactan Cebu as a global aviation hub, a dynamic gateway, not only to domestic points, but to major international destinations,” PAL president and chief operating officer Gilbert Santa Maria said.
“Los Angeles [US] now joins Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Nagoya and Seoul in the list of PAL overseas destinations served from Cebu,” Santa Maria said.
The service marks PAL’s comeback to the Cebu-Los Angeles route. The flag carrier previously operated Cebu-LAX flights from March 2016 to May 2017.
PAL suspended the flights as the airline rationalized capacity on the route.
The new service will help boost Philippine tourism, as US-based leisure and business travelers can now avail of the fastest and easiest travel option: a single flight nonstop to the Queen City of the South vs. less convenient options that involve transfer flight connections via other Asian airports.
American tourists may ntake advantage of Cebu’s excellent hub transit facilities to transfer to connecting PAL flights from Cebu to Siargao, Camiguin, Davao, Boracay, Coron, Bacolod, Iloilo and other holiday destinations for some sun and sea recreation and other nature adventures.
The launch of the service will increase PAL’s network offering to 64 weekly flights weekly to the US, Canada and Guam.
PAL’s Cebu-Los Angeles flights will depart three times weekly for Los Angeles from the new Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, utilizing PAL’s largest aircraft, the 370 seater Boeing 777-300ER.
The latest-version of PAL B777 features a fully-flat bed in business class, with an 18.4-inch TV screen, retractable privacy dividers, an ottoman which doubles as a storage area and in-seat power and USB ports. Economy class features a seat pitch of up to 34 inches, and each seat is equipped with 11-inch TV screens and USB ports.
PAL said that as part of its 2020 New Year sale, it would promo fares for flights between Cebu and Los Angeles for as low as $420 (base rate) exclusive of government taxes.
Booking period is from Jan. 20 to 24, while the travel period is from July 1 to Dec. 10, 2020.