Singaporean flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced a new codeshare agreement with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to strengthen domestic and international flight options.
The partnership will commence in Q4 2023 and begin on flights between Singapore and Manila.
SIA will codeshare on PAL’s flights from Manila to 27 domestic locations in the Philippines, while PAL will codeshare on SIA’s flights to six European destinations.
Philippine Airlines president and COO Stanley K. Ng emphasised the country’s commitment to strengthening ties with Singapore.
Stanley said: “The partnership is the product of a strengthened relationship with our fellow ASEAN mainline carrier Singapore Airlines and an enduring commitment to expanding our presence in Singapore, a top PAL destination that we have been serving for 58 years and counting.
“We also look forward to offering increased connectivity to several cities across Europe, home to many overseas Filipinos and to a growing number of tourist and business travellers whom we invite to discover the wonders of the Philippines.”
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The partnership will feature the Philippine carrier’s first-ever air link between Copenhagen and Milan and will oversee the airline “making a comeback” to destinations that were previously served in the 1980s and 1990s.
Nicholas Wyatt, head of research and analysis for travel and tourism at GlobalData, added how this partnership brings clear benefits for both parties.
“Firstly, it boosts connectivity between Singapore and the Philippines by allowing both to offer a wider range of flights. This comes at a time at which travel flows between the two countries are projected to grow and, by 2027, exceed pre-pandemic levels, so it’s timely,” said Wyatt.
“For PAL, the ability to codeshare on SIA’s flights to six European destinations significantly boosts connectivity to that region, which, in the case of Copenhagen and Milan, is entirely new. This creates a genuinely new offer for PAL.
“For SIA, the main benefit is the boost in links to destinations within the Philippines, meaning it is a country market to which they can market more aggressively if they so wish.”
The codeshare routes are set to be distributed across the airlines’ various channels and their official sites.
According to SIA, the announced codeshare routes will be subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.