Non-stop flights from Manila and Doha will be soon be operated by the Philippine Airlines (PAL), a statement from the airline company noted.
The service, which would be operational from March 26, announced the operation of its first-ever direct route to and from Hamad International Airport four times a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, to serve the growing Filipino population in Qatar, as reported by Gulf Times.
Passengers would enjoy free meals, Wi-Fi connection, blanket use and a maximum of 46kg baggage allowance, on a budget economy airfare of QR885. The airline also offers ‘regular economy’ (around QR1,380) and ‘premium economy’ (around 2,745).
The General Manager of Alpha Travel, Khaled Rustom explained that the new PAL route will give Filipinos, as well as other Philippine travellers, more options in selecting their preferred flights.
It may be mentioned that currently, Qatar Airways flies to Manila twice daily and also has a daily flight to Clark International Airport while Cebu Pacific flies thrice a week to Doha.
PAL started its Manila-Doha via Abu Dhabi flights in March 2016.
The new service to Doha by the airline is part of the flag carrier’s expansion plans to the Middle East, in addition to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
The carrier currently uses an Airbus 330 for its Manila-Doha via Abu Dhabi service, which also offers free Wi-Fi and wireless entertainment.