FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will expand routes to Japan with the opening of new services to Osaka and Nagoya via Cebu.
Effective December 19, PAL will begin four-weekly flights (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) between Cebu and Osaka on PR 410.
The following day, the airline will begin three-weekly flights (Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday) between Cebu and Nagoya on PR 480.
The new routes will bring to 67 the total number of PAL flights to Japan per week.
At present, PAL operates from Cebu 14 weekly flights to Narita (Tokyo).
The launching of the new air services is PAL’s response to strong demand for new routes to Japan, regarded as the third biggest source of visitor arrivals to the country.
Data from the Department of Tourism shows that in January-August 2014, arrivals from Japan had reached 310, 901, a year-on-year increase of about six per cent.