(RIYADH, 25 May 2013) – The Philippines’ national carrier, Philippines Airlines (PAL), is planning to resume its flight operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the near future.
Senior PAL officials called on Minister and Consul-General Marshall Louis Alferez at the Embassy on 23 May 2013 to share their plans for the resumption of direct PAL flights between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia in the near future. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago, who was originally scheduled to receive the PAL officials, was in the Eastern Region and unable to receive the PAL officials.PAL officials said that the flight services would involve newly acquired/purchased planes that could accommodate more than 300 passengers.
“As the national carrier, Philippine Airlines is always a source of pride to Filipinos overseas. If PAL does indeed resume its operations to Saudi Arabia soon, I am sure that it will be warmly welcomed by our kababayan here in the Kingdom,” said Consul-General Alferez.
The Consul General also told the PAL officials that there has been a notable increase in tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines, especially among families, from 22,214 in 2010, and 27,945 in 2011, to 30,040 visitors in 2012. He said that the future resumption of PAL flights in the Kingdom would further strengthen the Philippines’ ability to tap the huge Saudi tourism market. He further noted that many expressions of interest were received from the Saudi public during the Riyadh Travel Fair 2013 last 23-26 April 2013.
Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago expressed confidence that the return of PAL would help boost Philippine tourism as well as provide alternatives to travelers to the Philippines.(END) – Philippine Embassy in Riyadh/No. PR-093- 2013