PAL STARTING MANILA-OKINAWA FLIGHTSManila, May 22, 2003 -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it would next month launch a regular service to the southern Japanese city of Okinawa, adding traffic between the two countries had held up well despite the SARS outbreak. The Manila-Okinawa-Fukuoka service would start on June 20 with four flights a week, giving travelers an alternative to the national flag carrier's twice-weekly direct flights to Fukuoka. The service gives "another dimension to the sturdy air traffic between the Philippines and Japan that has held up well despite the SARS-induced downturn in travel," a PAL statement said. PAL also flies the Manila-Tokyo route daily, and flies five times a week to the Japanese capital from Cebu.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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