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Philippine Airlines, to relaunch New Delhi flights

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is facing better market conditions with the relaunch of flights between Manila and New Delhi in April 2019, an aviation think tank said.

CAPA-Center for Aviation said in a report on Wednesday that Indian visitors to the Philippines had more than doubled to 107,000 since 2013, when PAL suspended flights to the Indian capital of New Delhi.

“The prospects for PAL in the Indian market are much brighter this time around. The Manila-Delhi market—and the overall Philippines-India market—has more than doubled over the past five years, making a nonstop service more viable,” CAPA said.

The use of its brand-new Airbus A320neos will also make the route more sustainable, it added.

PAL, CAPA said, had operated widebody planes such as its A330s and A340s for India—a decision that made the flights unviable. PAL’s nonstop flights to Delhi were scrapped in 2011 while its one-stop flights via Bangkok were suspended in 2013.

Pending regulatory approval, the airline intends to fly from Manila to New Delhi in India by the second week of April.