Philippine Airlines builds up Cebu hub

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is launching more routes from Cebu in December this year.

Starting December 1, PAL will mount twice weekly direct flights between Cebu and Cotabato City. The flights will be part of a one-stop service between Cebu and Tawi-Tawi.

PR 2223 Cebu-Cotabato flies every Monday and Thursday, departing at 5:20 a.m., arriving in Cotabato's Awang Airport at 6:35 a.m.

PR 2224 Cotabato-Cebu flies every Monday and Thursday, departing at 11 a.m., arriving in Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 12:15 p.m.

PR 2487 Cebu-Tawi-Tawi flights depart Cebu at 5:20 a.m. every Monday and Thursday and land in Tawi-Tawi at 8:30 a.m. after a stop in Cotabato.

PR 2488 Tawi-Tawi-Cebu flights depart from Tawi-Tawi at 9 a.m. and fly via Cotabato to arrive in Cebu at 12:15 p.m.

On December 9, PAL will reopen direct flights between Cebu City and Bangkok with a twice weekly service slated every Monday and Friday using 199-seater Airbus A321 aircraft.

PR 738 Cebu-Bangkok -- every Monday and Friday departing at 9:30 a.m.

PR 739 Bangkok-Cebu -- every Monday and Friday departing at 1:30 p.m.

On December 16, PAL will kick off direct flights between Cebu and Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

PR 2230 Cebu-Baguio -- will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday -- departing Mactan-Cebu at 8:50 a.m.; arriving at Baguio Loakan Airport at 10:50 a.m.

PR 2231 Baguio-Cebu -- will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday-departing Baguio at 11:10 a.m., arriving in Cebu at 1 p.m.

On December 19, PAL will offer direct twice weekly services between Cebu and Borongan City, the surfing capital of the Visayas.

PR 2651 Cebu-Borongan -- flies every Monday and Friday, departing at 11 a.m., arriving in Borongan Airport at 12 p.m.

PR 2652 Borongan-Cebu -- flies every Monday and Friday, departing at 12:30 p.m., arriving in Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 1:30 p.m. (KOC)