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PAL flies to North Africa for repatriation mission

Aviation Updates Philippines – The duty of the national flag carrier continues as Philippine Airlines flies to Algeria and Tunisia to repatriate stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on Sunday.

PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the Manila-Algeria-Tunisia route is a "first" for the airline. The flight would pick-up stranded Filipino seafarers in the region.

Flight PR-8130 departed for its first leg to Algeria this morning at 8:22 am local time. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER (RP-C7776), would then proceed to embark more passengers in Tunisia before eventually returning to the Philippines.

As of writing, the flight is currently over Bangkok's airspace cruising at 30,000 feet. The flight time to Algeria is approximately 15 hours. The arrival of PR-8131 from Tunisia would be on Monday.

Aside from the mission to North Africa, PAL will also operate a repatriation flight from Jeddah to Manila. Yesterday, the flag carrier operated yet another repatriation flight to Bridgetown, Barbados. 

READ: PAL flies to Miami non-stop for the first time

Over the past few months, the flag carrier has already flown to Male, Mumbai, Milan, among others, to bring home OFWs. PAL also flew to Miami from Manila non-stop last month, making it the airline's farthest flight yet.

Photo from Cielo Villaluna, Philippine Airlines

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