Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Wednesday it signed a new codeshare partnership agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to enhance flight options for customers traveling between the two countries and to other domestic and international destinations via their respective hubs.
“We are happy to offer our Philippine Airlines passengers a wider range of flights between Manila and Singapore through this codeshare partnership, affirming our promise to keep building new connections and opportunities for our customers,” said Captain Stanley Ng, president and chief operating officer of PAL.
“The partnership is the product of a strengthened relationship with our fellow ASEAN mainline carrier, Singapore Airlines, and an enduring commitment to expanding our presence in Singapore, a top PAL destination that we have been serving for 58 years and counting,” he said.
Ng said PAL is looking forward to offering increased connectivity to several cities across Europe, home to many overseas Filipinos and to a growing number of tourist and business travelers.
The codeshare agreement will start on SIA’s and PAL’s flights between Singapore and Manila by the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory approvals.
SIA will also codeshare on PAL’s flights from Manila to 27 destinations within the Philippines, while PAL will codeshare on SIA’s flights to six destinations in Europe – Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Rome and Zurich.
These European codeshare sectors will be rolled out progressively across PAL and SIA sales channels and travel agents over the coming weeks.
The codeshare services to Copenhagen and Milan will represent a milestone, being the first air links to the Danish capital and the Italian commercial hub by a Philippine carrier.
PAL is also making a comeback, albeit through codeshare services, to Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, and Zurich, which were previously served by the Philippine flag carrier in the 1980s and 1990s.
Both airlines will also explore an expansion of the codeshare agreement to include SIA’s flights to additional points in Europe, as well as destinations in Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
“This agreement enables Philippine Airlines and Singapore Airlines to work more closely together, and find ways to offer our customers enhanced travel connections between Singapore and the Philippines,” Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong said.
“This will support the growing demand for both business and leisure travel between the Philippines and Singapore, and beyond that to our key markets around the world,” he said.