PAL mounts one-off flight to London

Aviation Updates Philippines – In response to urgent public demand, Philippine Airlines plans to operate a one-off flight from Manila to London-Heathrow and vice-versa on April 4, 2020. 
ONE-OFF FLIGHT. Philippine Airlines will mount a round-trip flight between Manila and London-Heathrow to bring back stranded citizens to their countries. Photo by Dirk Salcedo, PPSG/AUP 
According to PAL's latest travel advisory, the flag carrier will mount a special flight to London in the United Kingdom to enable foreign nationals to return to their country.

"Despite the ongoing pause in its operations (with regular international and domestic flights suspended until April 14, PAL is operating this special one-off service to the United Kingdom to assist in the initiative of the Philippine and U.K. governments to help stranded travelers fly home."

PAL, however, said only British nationals are allowed to take the flight to London in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On the other hand, the flight back to the Philippines will only carry "Filipinos, their foreign spouse and children, and accredited officials of foreign governments and international organizations, to comply with current Philippine travel entry restrictions."

Flight PR-720 will depart from Manila at 8:10 am local time and will arrive in Heathrow at 3:10 pm local time. The return flight, PR-721 will then depart from Heathrow at 5:30 pm local time and will arrive back in Manila at 1:35 pm (the next day) local time.

The airline will utilize its 295-seat Airbus A350-900 aircraft for this one-time round-trip flights.

Passengers may book flights through its website at, through the reservations hotline at (+63 2) 8855 8888, or through its NAIA Terminal 2 ticketing office.

As of the moment, PAL has halted all its domestic and international flight operations due to falling demand and tightening travel restrictions imposed by other countries and the Philippines itself. The government currently enforces an enhanced community quarantine over the island of Luzon.

PAL hopes to gradually resume operations by April 15, 2020, once cleared by the government.