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PAL to bring back Cebu-LA direct link

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it will bring back its nonstop Cebu-Los Angeles service beginning May 2, 2020 as part of its commitment to build up the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) as a global aviation hub.

The Cebu-LA service is the only direct air link between the Visayas and mainland USA. It will bring to 64 flights weekly PAL’s network offering to the USA, Canada and the U.S. territory of Guam.

"We look forward to treating our customers to the fastest flights between the US Mainland and the Visayas / Mindanao region, via PAL's new Cebu-LAX route. 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 COO Gilbert Santa Maria said in a statement on January 21, 2020.

"Los Angeles and the USA now joins Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Nagoya and Seoul in the list of PAL overseas destinations served from Cebu,” he added.

PAL said restoring this service will help boost Philippine tourism. The airline offered this service from March 2016 to May 2017.

“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,” the airline said.

American tourists and balikbayans will also be able to avail of hub transit facilities at the Mactan Cebu International Airport to transfer to connecting PAL flights to Siargao, Camiguin, Davao, Boracay, Coron, Bacolod, Iloilo, among others.

PAL's Cebu-Los Angeles flights will depart three times weekly for Los Angeles from Terminal 2 of the Mactan Airport. This route will use the 370 seater Boeing 777-300ER, PAL's largest aircraft.

Starting May 2, 2020, PAL Flight PR152 (CEB-LAX) will depart Cebu at 9 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrive in Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. on the same days.

For the LAX-CEB journey, PR 153 will leave Los Angeles at 11 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, touching down two days later in Cebu at 5 a.m. after a 14-hour nonstop flight.

The latest-version 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.

To mark the restoration of the Cebu-LA service and as part of PAL's 2020 New Year Sale, the airline is offering promo fares for flights between Cebu and Los Angeles for as low as $420 (base rate) exclusive of government taxes.

Booking period for this special offering is from January 20 until January 24. Travel period is from July 1 to December 10, 2020.

PAL also recently announced the inauguration of several international routes, including the first-ever nonstop flights between Manila and Perth (starting March 30); Zamboanga and Kota Kinabalu (from March 29); and between Davao and Manado (from March 29). (Ventures Cebu)

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