PAL set to fly to Middle East, Malaysia, Taiwan, China

Posted at 02/04/13 6:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is planning to mount flights to the Middle East, particularly United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as China, Malaysia and Taiwan this year.

PAL filed its application at the Civil Aeronautics Board to slap a $170 fuel surcharge on passengers of its flights to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Doha.

The airline also wants to impose a $75 fuel surcharge for its passengers flying to Kuala Lumpur; $55 for those flying to Guangzhou, China; and $50 for those flying to Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

Owned by Lucio Tan and San Miguel Corp., PAL is in the midst of a major refleeting program where it plans to acquire 100 aircraft.

PAL is also mulling flights to Turkey, Kuwait and Cambodia this year.

PAL is not the only Philippine carrier launching flights to the Middle East this year. Rival Cebu Pacific had already announced it will mount direct flights to Dubai on October 7.