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Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall. (Update: 2019 Flights Starting)

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:33 am

Efforts to have the Philippine flag carrier serve Cambodian airports have stalled on Vietnam’s refusal to permit passenger pickups on layovers, a local aviation official said yesterday.

Officials at the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) told the Post in February that the Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh had requested permission for Philippine Airlines (PAL) to operate a direct flight between Manila and either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.

SSCA spokesman Sinn Chanserey Vutha said yesterday that a deal had not been reached due to Vietnam refusing to grant PAL fifth-freedom rights, which allow airlines to pick up passengers during layovers in a country while travelling from their home country to another foreign country.

“Philippine Airlines has not yet started operating flights to Cambodia because, I heard, they were seeking the fifth freedom of the air from Vietnam, but it was rejected,” he said. “They are still considering a direct flight to Cambodia, but have suspended the plan due to the limited opportunity for profit.”

Philippine low-cost carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific has operated up to four flights between Manila and Siem Reap since 2012. There is no direct flight between the two countries’ capitals.
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Re: Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:47 pm

The problems have been resolved and PAL start direct flights betwen Manila and Phnom Penh on 1 April 2019.

Philippine Airlines launches more flights to Cambodia, Vietnam
The Philippine flag carrier will launch flights from Manila to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Hanoi in Vietnam this summer
January 08, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines – Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) launched new routes in Southeast Asia from Manila, set to be operational starting March 31.

In a media briefing Tuesday, January 8, PAL President Jaime Bautista announced that the airline will be expanding its flight services to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Hanoi in Vietnam.

"Philippine Airlines' strategic vision is to make the Philippines a true gateway to Asia…. We will leverage Manila's excellent geographical location as an ideal stopover point for people flying to Southeast and South Asia from the east and west coasts of North America," Bautista said.

New routes: Flights to Hanoi will be operational 4 times weekly, once every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The first flight on March 31 will depart at 10:25 pm, while the return flight will arrive in Manila 5:30 am the following day.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, boasts a rich cultural heritage rooted in its French colonial history. PAL said flights to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam will remain, with 8 weekly flights.

Meanwhile, PAL will have 5 flights to Phnom Penh weekly – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Starting April 1, flights will depart from Manila at 10:10 pm and arrive at Phnom Penh at 11:45 pm.
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Re: Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall. (Update: 2019 Flights Starting)

Post by frank lee bent » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:45 am

Now if only they can stop customs officials from planting bullets in passenger luggage in order to extort money.
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Post by Pizzalover » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:36 pm

Mr Bautista or, better, his PR person should start thinking before opening their mouths. it is deeply insulting to Vietnamese to claim that their history or culture is based in French imperialist domination.
The Cham were much older than the Khmer and the old Cham temples and the other remains documenting the beginnings of Hinduism in the region are impressive. The Khmer temples n the South have nothing to do with France. Hill tribes have their own history. 19th century Hue is not French. And the temple of literature was there when the French were still unfamiliar with the use of toilets as where most other Europeans.

Thank the gods of the Philippine Islands that Bautista did not say anything about Vietnamese food.

As for Cambodia, I m not sure that much will change for most expats here. The ticket prices of PAL are significantly higher than Cebu Pacific or Air Asia. Often more than double. Thus, the Siem Reap and HCMC flights to Manila will remain a good alternative as long as money is a concern and time not so much. PAL customers also have to put up with Manila Terminal 2 plus the taxi mafia outside. Air Asia uses the old Terminal 4 which makes pre-world war 2 memories come alive. CebuP uses T 3 which the newest and has the best local transport infrastructure.
PAL is also less than helpful with its checked luggage policy. After the first 20 kgs prices go up by the kg. CebuP has several packages. On the other hand, they dont have an excess baggage price by the kg. They hit you with a hefty bill starting from the first 1 kg.

Edit: I did a random online search for prices from Hanoi to Manila. Prices from Hanoi differed by 115 USD (no luggage included on CebuP) and flight times were in both cases for people who like sleeping on planes.
The PNH to MNL prices for almost triple on PAL. Some business guys or people with connecting long distance on PAL out of Manila might pick that flight. I m happy with my 60 USD airfares althought they do involve time on buses.
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Re: Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall.

Post by StroppyChops » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:32 pm

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:47 pm
The problems have been resolved and PAL start direct flights betwen Manila and Phnom Penh on 1 April 2019.
Is the date significant?
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Re: Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall. (Update: 2019 Flights Starting)

Post by clutchcargo » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:09 pm

Shitty flying times but this will save a lot of time with layovers etc. Will benefit a couple of my friends and no doubt others who like to combine their Cambo and PI trips.
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Re: Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall. (Update: 2019 Flights Starting)

Post by blerrr9 » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:10 am

Hope this comes true since both me and my gf like Philippine
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Re: Philippine Airlines, direct flights to Cambodia stall. (Update: 2019 Flights Starting)

Post by Aronexcorp » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:27 pm

hoping cebupacific will also have in phnom penh airport
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