Philippine Airlines launches Manila-Cairns-Auckland flights

By Chris Chamberlin, May 20 2015
Philippine Airlines launches Manila-Cairns-Auckland flights

Cairns residents will gain non-stop flights to Manila and more choice to Auckland come December as Philippine Airlines kicks off its newest route: Manila to Auckland via Cairns.

Running four-times-weekly in each direction, the Cairns stopover allows easy access to the city itself and to the Great Barrier Reef for Filipinos and Kiwis, while Aussies can book trips to either Manila or Auckland without visiting the other city.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, PR219 leaves Cairns at 11:30pm to reach Manila at 3:30am the following morning. In reverse, PR218 pushes back in Manila at 11:45pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, touching down in Cairns at 8am the next day.

Auckland bound? You’ll take to the skies at 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to reach New Zealand at 4pm, with return flights available at 6:30pm on the same days and reaching Cairns at 10:30pm.

Using an Airbus A320, passengers have a choice of either business class or economy on all flights, with those making the full journey from Manila to Auckland enjoying a transit time in Cairns of just one hour.

Competing airline SilkAir is gearing up to launch its own Cairns-Asia flights next week with a new non-stop service to Singapore, and additional Singapore-Darwin flights that will also continue onwards to Cairns.

Read: SilkAir to launch Cairns-Singapore flights, boost Darwin-Singapore

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

07 Oct 2012

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If this is successful I would be shocked. The timings are very very poor! Who wants to arrive into Manila at 3:30am?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 40

No different to the BNE-DRW-MNL flight which arrives at 3:55am. I see this working - Big Filipino community in Auckland, and the fact they can carry passengers on CNS-AKL unlike the BNE-DRW where you cant buy it just as a domestic flight.

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1254

Perhaps, but not the best yield on an expat Filiipino, hence why Cebu Pacific exists. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Apr 2013

Total posts 7

i dont know where you are getting your info from. the bne flight doesnt arrive at 03:55am its

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Tue, Sep 01 2015 
14:30 

14 Apr 2014

Total posts 47

It surely brings competition to Air New Zealand!

16 May 2014

Total posts 99

Well it didnt work for Perth.

Cannot see it working for Cairns and Auckland. 

They will give it a go and then end up cancelling.... good on them tho for giving things a go.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Apr 2013

Total posts 7

it didnt work for perth becasue there is already a flood of other competitors competing for the transit market to manila. i think i dont need to list them for you?

16 May 2014

Total posts 99

No it was more that they put traffic through Darwin. Population of Filipinos in Perth is extremely large.

Also Perth is quiet a bit bigger than Cairns

NZ Elite

03 Jul 2014

Total posts 108

Interesting to see if this is enough to dissaude Cebu Pacific from flying to AKL; I heard/read they were looking at it.


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