Philippine Airlines Flies Again to Kuala Lumpur

19 June 2017 – Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country's flag carrier, returns to Malaysian skies as it resumes its Manila-Kuala Lumpur service as its inaugural flight touched down at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on June 8.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles C. Jose was on hand to welcome the passengers aboard the inaugural flight, together with Tourism Malaysia Director General Datuk Seri Mirza Mohamamad Taiyab, and officials from PAL and Malaysia Airports Berhad.

The inaugural flight was welcomed by the traditional water salute, and its passengers were given tokens as they disembarked from the aircraft. The return flight to Manila also included a delegation of travel agents and media for a familiarization tour of the Philippines.

"Filipinos and Malaysians have natural affinities with one another. Apart from being next door neighbors and close partners in ASEAN, similarities in terms of climate, culture and way of life binds us. We share many loves, and among them is our love for travel and adventure. With PAL's extensive domestic and international network, this new route not only addresses the direct connection between our capital cities, but it also allows travellers seamless connection to other local destinations in the Philippines as well as to onward international destinations, which we believe will lead to increased tourism numbers," Ambassador Jose said in his remarks.

"I hope that with PAL expanding its international reach to include Kuala Lumpur, we can encourage more tourists to visit the Philippines and be enchanted by the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino," he added.

The daily service in two schedules, with PR 525 leaving Manila every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:25 a.m. and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 11 a.m. local time. The return flight, PR 526, leaves Kuala Lumpur on the same days at 12:10 p.m. local time, and touches down in Manila at 3:50 p.m.

PR 527 leaves Manila on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 3 p.m. local time. The return service, PR528, departs Kuala Lumpur on the same days at 4 p.m. local time and touches down in Manila at 7:30 p.m.

Malaysia is the Philippines' 10th major tourist market for 2016, with 139,133 Malaysian tourists visiting the Philippines for the period; on the other hand, 417,446 Filipinos visited Malaysia for the same period, making the Philippines the eighth major source of tourists for Malaysia. END

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