October 26, 2013
PAL launches chartered flights between
Manila and Russia
In response to growing tourist arrivals from Russia, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it is set to begin chartered flights between Manila and the Russian city of Vladivostok, starting October 27, 2013.
The chartered flights will be carried out in partnership with Primorsky Agency of Aviation Companies TM Biletur, the biggest tour company in Far East Russia.
According to the Tourism Department, 21,736 Russians visited the Philippines during the first 8 months of the current year. This number represents a 32.53% increase from the number of Russian tourist arrivals covering the same period last year (2012).
PAL hopes to help the Department of Tourism (DOT) develop this growing market through the launch of chartered flights.
“We recognize the growing demand from Russian tourists for a direct air link to the Philippines. Through this service, we hope to be able to serve this market and more importantly, help our government’s efforts to boost tourism,” said PAL President Ramon S. Ang.
The first flight from Vladivostok departs the Russian City at 8AM local time, arriving Manila at 9:30AM October 27. Its return flight leaves Manila at 11PM on November 7, arriving Vladivostok 6:30AM. Chartered flights to and from the two cities will be scheduled throughout the year.
From Manila, Russian visitors will be able to fly out to PAL’s domestic destinations including Caticlan (Boracay), Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa, and Legaspi. They can also connect to the carrier’s regional and international hubs.