Philippine Airlines Getting Ready For Inaugural Manila To Toronto Flight

Come November 30, expect it to be a big reception by a great number of Filipino residents of Toronto when the first Philippine Airlines direct flight from Manila touches down at Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 3.

I don’t know how the reception will come out but I’m sure many Filipinos in Toronto will be at the airport if their time will allow them – just to have a glimpse of the Philippines’ legacy carrier.

Most of us Filipino travel agents in the Greater Toronto Area have excitedly offered to customers to book Philippine Airlines as soon as their seats became available on our systems.

We have been eagerly awaiting for a direct flight to the Philippines from Eastern Canada because we knew how much the Filipino community is looking forward to having one, specially the older generation who fly back to the homeland most frequently.

And if our computer reservation system is correct, the Filipino community have welcomed and supported Philippine Airlines warmly by filling seats until at least January 2013.

On November 30, when Philippine Airlines arrive at Terminal 3 of Toronto International Airport, me and my wife will be there to celebrate a historic first in Philippine Airlines’ history. I flew from Edmonton just to be present at the occassion.

And on December 3, Filipino travel agents and airline ticket wholesalers who specializes in the Philippines will gather together in a party thrown by PAL – probably a thank you party for those who support our motherland’s flag carrier. I hope to meet many supporters and bigwigs of PAL.

Watch out for photos and a post on those special days.

long haul aircraft of Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines To Have Direct Flights From Toronto To Manila

Just a few hours ago, we were in a meeting with Philippine Airlines country manager for Canada, Allan Coo, about the upcoming direct flights on Philippine Airlines to Manila from Toronto.

Philippine Airlines or PAL is the official flag-carrier of the Philippines.

Although there are already many flights from Toronto to Manila and Cebu on other airline carriers, this particular flight has been on the wish list of many regular visitors to the Philippines who use Toronto as their gateway.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to approximately 400,000 200,000 residents with Philippine-connections and/or Filipino roots. They maybe in the GTA either as overseas foreign workers, live in caregivers, immigrants, as children born in Canada or spouses of former/recent Philippine citizen.

That does not include those who are interested in traveling to the Philippines as visitors, dating a Filipina based in the Philippines and others.

direct flight to philippines from toronto
Flag carrier of the Philippines
Whenever I look at the number of prospective customers that could potentially boost the capacity of Philippine Airlines in Canada, I always wondered why PAL has not done any effort to have a direct flight to/from Toronto.

Through the years that we have been in the travel agency business and marketing mainly to those going to or coming from the Philippines (and Southeast Asia), we saw Korean Air and Cathay Pacific adding more flights to Manila and/or Cebu.

But not Philippines Airlines, which seemed to be stucked with their Vancouver flights.

Today, I feel so glad that finally PAL have realized Toronto’s potential as a market for those visiting the Philippines. It’s been a long time coming.

According to Allan, the target date of the inauguration for the maiden flight is November 30, 2012. As I write this, Allan cannot provide us yet how the fare will be constructed, so we will have to wait a few weeks more to know how they will price the flights.

I will post more updates about this latest information as PAL fill us in in their next announcements.

Welcome to Toronto, Philippine Airlines!

(Sept. 18, 2012)