First-ever air link creates India breakthrough for the Philippines

THE PHILIPPINES’ effort to nab a share of the Indian market, long stymied by an absence of air connectivity, is enjoying a turnaround as Indian buyers gear up for new six-weekly flights between Delhi and Manila.

Philippine Airlines will commence thrice-weekly direct services on March 27, to be followed the next day with three weekly Delhi-Manila services via Bangkok. The carrier will deploy an Airbus A320 with a passenger capacity of 302.

Unimondo Travel and Leisure director – business development, Suraj Khan, said: “Without these direct flights, transit times to Manila via Kuala Lumpur are between two to 10 hours, depending on which airport one is flying out of in India.”

He is now looking to sell niche, high-end products such as spa, yachting and island resorts in Cebu for the FIT segment.

– Full story in TTG India, February/March

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