MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) has expanded its flights from Philippines to Guam, a United States (US) territory in the Pacific Ocean, following the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) upgrading to Category 1 of the Philippines’ aviation safety rating.
“Philippine Consul General in Guam Marciano De Borja said that the increased frequency granted to PAL is a manifestation of enhanced international confidence in the Philippines,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Wednesday.
“PAL and other Philippine-flagged carriers were recently allowed to increase their frequency and routes to destinations in the US after the FAA upgraded the country’s aviation safety rating to Category 1 status,” it said.
The daily flights to Guam will begin on October 26, 2014.
There are more than 13,500 permanent Filipinos in Guam, they are largest ethnic group there after the indigenous Chamorro group.
The island is a vital military base for the US Armed Forces and was once a stopover port for the Spanish Galleon Trade route to the Philippines.
“Consul General De Borja congratulated PAL for this milestone in its Manila-Guam route and invited the airline to become a close partner and help actively promote the Philippines through the economic and cultural diplomacy projects of the Philippine Consulate General,” the statement said.
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