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PAL, Cebu Pacific resume Tawi-Tawi flights

Aviation Updates Philippines – Two of the Philippines' largest airlines are now planning to resume direct flights between Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi in Southern Mindanao, as part of a roundup of several flight resumptions in 2021.

Aboard an Airbus A320-200 aircraft, Cebu Pacific Air operates Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga flights every Saturday. The low-cost airline resumed the said service on December 19, 2020, after a nine-month cessation.

Flight 5J-839 departs from Zamboanga at 8:30 am and arrives in Tawi-Tawi an hour later. The return flight, 5J-840, departs from Tawi-Tawi at 10:00 am and arrives back in Zamboanga at 11:00 am.

Moreover, national flag carrier Philippine Airlines released on Monday the timetable for January 2021 flights and beyond with the addition of Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi flights as well. Beginning January 11, PAL Express will fly between the two cities every Monday.

Flight 2P-2485 departs from Zamboanga at 10:20 am and arrives in Tawi-Tawi at 11:20 am. Subsequently, flight 2P-2486 departs from Tawi-Tawi at 12:00 pm and lands in Zamboanga at 1:00 pm. An Airbus A320 is deployed on the route.

Airlines have been ramping up flights to stimulate and to aid in the recovery of air travel demand in the Philippines. For January, PAL indicated it would operate over 40 domestic and 21 international routes. Meanwhile, rival Cebu Pacific plans to fly 41 domestic and five international routes.

Photo from Cielo Villaluna

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