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Malaysia Airports Welcomes Back Philipphine Airlines To Kuala Lumpur

02 May 2013

Sepang, 2 May 2013 - KL International Airport (KLIA) welcomed back Philippine Airlines (PAL), the national flag carrier of Philippine after seven years absence, and looking forward for the airline to serve Kuala Lumpur for many years to come.

PAL offers four flights weekly for the Manila - Kuala Lumpur vice versa route, flying every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For this operation, PAL uses the Airbus 319 with 134 seating capacity.

"We hope that this renewed air service will result in increased exchanges not only in passenger traffic between our countries but also in economic and cultural realms, in order to further bind our peoples. More importantly, the re-opening of the Kuala Lumpur to Manila route will not only make Manila a key or vital link to the Philippines' domestic destinations but will also make the capital city a gateway to Asia, the Australia, the United States and Canada. Such interconnectivity will benefit Malaysian tourists and corporate travelers alike!", PAL External Affairs Assistant Vice President Josen Perez de Tagle stressed.

Dato' Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager of Operations Services, Malaysia Airports said, "Malaysia Airports is pleased that PAL has re-established its connection to Kuala Lumpur. I believe the airline is poised to take advantage of the strong travel demand between Manila and Kuala Lumpur. This service is also positive development to tourism industry for both countries.

Passengers will be spoilt with choices as the flight connections and options between Malaysia and Philippine are now significantly increased. Passengers opting to fly from LCCT-KLIA can use either Cebu Pacific Airways or AirAsia Philippines while those preferring to fly from KLIA can travel with either Malaysia Airlines, PAL or PAL Express."

Tourism Malaysia's Director, International Promotion Division (Southeast Asia), Mr. Syed Yahya Syed Othman, expressed his delight with the new service by Philippines Airlines (PAL), "Tourism Malaysia is thankful to PAL for introducing this new service to Kuala Lumpur and confident that this operation will meet with great success with the abundance of business opportunities between Malaysia and the Philippines. Tourism Malaysia wishes PAL all the success and believe that this new route will very soon become one of the many popular international routes that connects to the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur."

Effective 1 May 2013, PAL Express flies three times weekly to KLIA, relocating its operations from LCCT-KLIA to KLIA. With PAL now serving KLIA four times weekly, passengers now have the privilege to fly daily from KLIA to Manila with PAL or PAL Express.

The inclusion of PAL takes the total number of airlines operating to KLIA to 62. In the first five months of 2013, KLIA has welcomed five new airlines - Thai Smile, Malindo Air, Air France, Turkish Airlines and Philippine Airlines. Malaysia Airports will continue with its relentless marketing effort, keen collaboration with the Government and relevant stakeholders, which is vital and has always been instrumental in the effort to attract new airlines and establish new routes.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) began life with a noble mission: to serve as a partner in nation-building. With this in mind, PAL took to the skies on 15 March 1941, using a Beech Model 18 aircraft amid the specter of a global war. It became Asia's first airline. PAL has become one of the most respected airlines around the world with a young and modern fleet of aircraft and a route network that spans 31 foreign cities and 29 domestic points. For more information on PAL, please visit

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