PAL to resume flights to Paris
by FFE PH News Staff
The Philippine Airlines (PAL) will now be flying to more destinations in Europe after the Philippines and France have signed a new deal allowing PAL to resume flights to Paris, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced.
CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said that the new air agreement will allow seven flights per week between the Philippines and France although they originally asked for at least 14.
Before PAL stopped flying to Paris in 1998, the maximum flights allowed per week were four.
The two countries agreed on a third country code sharing, which will allow Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to fly to Manila via Amsterdam. In return, PAL could partner with any Southeast or East Asian airline for its third country code sharing for flights to Paris.
The European Union (EU) has partially lifted the air ban on PAL last July. PAL has already re-established flights to London last November and has recently entered into an agreement with Italy that will see 14 flights per week.
There are 51,785 Filipinos living in France as of December 2012, according to estimates by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, and they could finally use the Philippines’ flag carrier on their flights home.