Philippine Airlines Reconnects Manila and Tuguegarao
TUGUEGARAO CITY — After a pause that lasted four years, Philippine Airlines (PAL) has once again taken to the skies, reconnecting Manila and Tuguegarao City, a vital link that had been sorely missed by the residents of this northern Philippine city.
The hiatus, which began even before the global pandemic struck in 2019, had left the approximately 180,000 residents of Tuguegarao City, often referred to as villagers, in a lurch. The resumption of this route is seen as a beacon of hope, not just for those traveling to and from the Philippine capital, but also for those journeying from other domestic locales.
Governor Manuel Mamba of Cagayan, the province in which Tuguegarao City is located, expressed his optimism about the potential ripple effects of this resumed air link. “This will stimulate tourism and the economy. It will also open possible international and connecting flights in the future to other countries,” he remarked.
The sentiment was echoed by Rabbi Vincent Ang, the president of PAL Express, who emphasized the airline’s commitment to the region. “We look forward to serving Tuguegarao and Cagayan people with daily flights to and from Manila to strengthen air connectivity to boost travel between the vibrant heart of the Cagayan Valley region and other different tourist and business centers in the Philippines,” he stated.
Travelers can now board the daily PR 2014 flight from Manila, departing at 9:05 a.m. and touching down in Tuguegarao at 10:10 a.m. The return flight, PR 2015, departs Tuguegarao at 10:50 a.m., ensuring passengers are back in Manila by 11:50 a.m. These flights, operated by the 180-seater Airbus A320, offer both Comfort Class and regular Economy Class service.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t PAL’s maiden voyage to Tuguegarao. The airline had previously served this route from October 2014 to June 2019.