As Philippine Airlines (PAL) launched the first nonstop route from Phnom Penh to Manila, Cambodia gained a convenient new gateway to North America and Northeast Asia.
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The new link to Manila gives Cambodian travelers a choice of connecting flights to six cities in the United States and Canada (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Toronto and Vancouver), six destinations in Japan (Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo) and three cities in Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney), as well as destinations in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Guam.
From its hub airport in Manila, PAL operates the most extensive network of any Southeast Asian airline to North America, with 57 weekly flights to North America, 59 weekly flights to Japan and 27 weekly flights to Australia and New Zealand.
PAL president and COO Jaime J. Bautista said this pioneering service increases Cambodia’s connections to the rest of the world.
“We can now invite Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, Japanese and ethnic Cambodian residents of all these countries to visit Phnom Penh by flying via Manila.
“We are likewise happy to welcome Cambodian travelers to fly via Manila to these countries, or to visit the Philippines and enjoy easy connections to our many resort islands and festival towns across the 7,100 islands of our archipelago.
“At all points along the journey, travelers will experience PAL’s distinct brand of service marked by the heart of the Filipino,” Mr Bautista said.
Eric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said strengthening connectivity with the Philippines has always been a key objective of the company.
“With business ties between the two countries strengthening, we believe that air connections between Manila and Phnom Penh make sense, are sustainable and benefit travelers.
“That’s why our team has constantly worked with Cambodian authorities and Philippine Airlines to make it happen,” Mr Delobel said.
PAL’s Phnom Penh–Manila service operates five times a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.