BNE welcomes the return of Philippine Airlines

Friday 31 May 2013: Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed the return of Philippine Airlines services between Manila and Brisbane via Darwin, with the inaugural flight landing at BNE this Sunday, 2 June 2013.

It has been two years since Philippine Airlines last serviced BNE and the three flights per week will provide nearly 500 additional seats per week between Brisbane and Manila on an A320 aircraft.

Services will depart Brisbane at 9.15am every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with a short stop in Darwin breaking the journey in both directions, arriving in Manila at 5.05pm the same day.

The journey time is approximately 10 hours.

Passengers will also have the option to travel beyond Manila with mutliple daily connections to the nation’s diving, beach and cultural hot spots, in addition to other international destinations across Asia and the United States.

BAC General Manager Airline Business Development Cam Macphee said the return of Philippine Airlines is a big win for Queensland.

“Brisbane Airport always welcomes new services that open Queensland to the world.

“The return of Philippine Airlines to Brisbane confirms the growing popularity of the Asia Pacific region with Queenslanders and we are happy that these new flights provide more options in services and destinations for travellers.

“The Filipino community in Queensland is also the fifth largest migrant group and this new link will make travel easier for visiting friends and relatives, as well as the many Filipino workers employed on resources projects throughout the state,” Mr Macphee said.

The launch of the Philippine Airlines flights is timed to coincide with tourism campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” being driven by Philippines Department of Tourism to entice Australians to holiday on the Philippine Islands.

BAC continues to work closely with state and national tourism groups to further cement Brisbane Airport as the front door for travel through Queensland and a hub for the Asia Pacific region.