Philippine Airlines is running a special one-off flight from Melbourne to Manila this Sunday, 19 April 2020, using an Airbus A330 that can seat 309 passengers across three classes.
Flight PR210 will depart Melbourne at 8am local time, calling into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 2:40pm in the afternoon.
With the various travel restrictions in place across Australia and the Philippines, only Filipino nationals, passport holders, their foreign spouses and children, and accredited officials of foreign governments and international organisations will be allowed to book and travel on this flight.
Interested travellers should call Philippine Airlines Australia Reservations at (02) 9249 9900 or email [email protected] with the subject 'Sweeper Flight' and the complete passport details of all passengers in the body of the message.
Although Philippine Airlines is grounding regular flights for the rest of April, it also ran a special repatriation flight from Vancouver and Toronto on April 14.
Philippine Airlines' Australian network
In better days, Philippine Airlines was flying from Manila to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Direct Perth-Manila flights were slated to begin at the end of March 2020 on new Airbus A321neo jets, but this was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With all regular passenger flights grounded for the month of April, the airline is planning to gradually return to the skies from May onwards with a reduced schedule of flights.
Return trips from Manila to Sydney and Brisbane are tentatively set to commence from 1 May 2020 onwards, while Manila to Melbourne is bookable from 1 June 2020.
The carrier's second attempt at launching Manila-Perth flights is now delayed until 2 November 2020 at the earliest.