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Philippine Airlines to add a third weekly flight to Toronto

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Philippine Airlines will add a third weekly flight to Toronto next spring.

From April 5, 2024, the thrice-weekly Manila-Toronto flights will depart every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Philippine Airlines will use its Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the route with 295 seats in a tri-class configuration (30 Business, 24 Premium Economy, and 241 Economy).

The added flight will result in a 50% increase in capacity on the route to meet growing travel demand to and from the Canadian East Coast region. Toronto is the gateway to Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and other areas in the Eastern seaboard of Canada.

“Our expansion of flights to Toronto highlights the importance of the Canadian market in the Philippine Airlines network,” said Eric David Anderson, Chief Commercial Officer, Philippine Airlines. “We want to make it easier for businesses to establish commercial relations, for Canadians to plan holiday trips to the Philippines, and for Filipino Canadians to visit their families back in the homeland. Canada is among the top ten sources of foreign tourists to the Philippines, with more than 180,000 Canadians visiting the Philippines during the first ten months of 2023. Additionally, the new frequencies will bolster connectivity between Southeast Asia and Canada via PAL’s Manila hub.”

“The additional flight comes at a most auspicious time. This will allow more opportunities for the over one million Filipino Canadians to visit home in a convenient manner,” said Philippine Ambassador to Canada Maria Andrelita Austria. “At the same time, this will also serve the growing number of Filipino international students coming to Canada, as well as the Filipino tourists who benefit from Canada’s electronic travel authorization.”

“We are thrilled that Philippine Airlines is increasing frequency between Toronto and Manila, a destination in very high demand,” said Khalil Lamrabet, Chief Commercial Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “With this additional flight, more passengers will be able to fly directly, reducing their total travel time by more than 25% compared to a connecting itinerary.”

Philippine Airlines is the only airline offering nonstop flights between the Philippines and Canada. The Manila-based carrier also operates flights to Vancouver with daily flights, while other points in Canada such as Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary are served via Philippine Airlines’ codeshare partner WestJet.

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