Philippine Airlines cutting its frequencies to Osaka and Tokyo
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines will be making adjustments to more of its Japan bound flights including services to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai.
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines will be making adjustments to more of its Japan bound flights including services to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai. The airline is planning to cut back its frequencies to Osaka after recently announcing that it would cut back service to Tokyo Haneda.
Beginning on July 6, Philippine Airlines will adjust the schedule of 1 of 3 daily flights between Manila and Tokyo Narita. Flight PR430 will have its departure time moved ahead by four hours. Under the new schedule, the flight will depart Manila at 10:00am and arrive at Tokyo Narita at 3:25pm. The return flight, PR429, will depart Narita at 4:25pm and arrive back in Manila at 7:55pm. This flight will be operated by an Airbus A321 aircraft.
Effective on June 10, Philippine Airlines will cut its second daily flight to Osaka leaving a single flight operated by an A330 aircraft. The airline had just announced in February that it would launch a second daily flight to Osaka at the end of March. However, the airline has now cancelled the second daily flight after only just two months of operation.
Last month, Philippine Airlines announced that it would also cut back flights to Tokyo Haneda airport. The airline announced in January that it would launch two daily flights between Manila and Tokyo Haneda on March 30. But less than six weeks after Philippine Airlines launched the twice daily flights, the carrier announced that it would be cutting the route back to just one daily flight on May 7.
Although no official decision was given for the route cutbacks, it is believed that it could be due to over saturation in the Philippines-Japan market with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and All Nippon Airways adding extra capacity simultaneously between the two countries at the beginning of this year.
Philippine Airlines currently holds all fourteen weekly flight allocations between Manila and Haneda Airport. AirAsia Zest has revealed that it would like to acquire at least 25 percent of those allocations as the budget carrier plans to enter the Japan market in October of this year. AirAsia Zest is initially planning service from Manila to Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, or Nagoya.