Philippine Airlines said Monday it would mount direct flights between Cebu City and Cotabato City starting Dec. 1.
The PAL service is the latest addition to its expanding network of inter-island flights from the airline’s hub in the ‘Queen City of the South’ in support of the revival of domestic tourism and business activities throughout the Philippines.
“We hope to contribute positively to the economic development of Cotabato City and the Bangsamoro region by launching this new link to progressive Cotabato City,” said PAL vice president for sales Bud Britanico.
“Philippine Airlines is also gearing up for the December peak holiday season by offering more flights out of Cebu to serve travelers living in the Central Visayas and Southern Mindanao regions. We want to do our part to connect families, encourage healthy business growth and spur holiday travel between these vital regions of the country,” he said.
Travelers can now fly more conveniently between Cotabato City and Boracay, Coron, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Siargao and Baguio starting Dec. 16 by connecting through PAL’s Cebu hub, rather than connecting via Manila.
Travelers will also enjoy a seamless one-stop journey from Cebu to Tawi-Tawi (and vice versa) twice a week, as the Cebu-Cotabato flight is linked to a Cotabato- Tawi-Tawi sector.
The Cebu-Cotabato flights will be operated with De Havilland Dash 8 Series 400 Next Generation aircraft, an 86-seater high-performance turboprop offering faster speed and jet-like comfort in a quieter cabin.
PAL also links Cotabato City with direct flights to Manila and Tawi-Tawi. PAL also flies between Cebu and various cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.