- PAL will be suspending its flights to Kuwait beginning May 16
- The country’s flag carrier cited low demand due to slow down in OFW flights
- This comes amid the repatriation of hundreds of Kuwait OFWs due to the deployment ban
MANILA, Philippines – Citing ‘difficult market conditions’, the Philippine Airlines will be suspending its Manila-Kuwait flights and vice versa beginning May 16.
The advisory has been posted on the country’s flag carrier Facebook page as early as one week ago.
PAL noted in its advisory that it “has repatriated free of charge nearly 900 distressed Filipino workers from Kuwait to Manila, in response to the call of President Duterte and the Philippine Government to assist our OFWs in Kuwait.”
However, after the repatriation process was completed, there was reportedly a remarkable decline in OFW travels to Kuwait which makes their operation “economically unsustainable”, PAL said; leaving them with no other option but to suspend the flights to Kuwait, albeit temporarily.
But PAL added it will continue to serve Kuwait through its flights to other Gulf states such as the Dubai and Abu Dhabi routes in United Arab Emirates, Doha in Qatar, and Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
For passengers who have already booked their flights starting May 16 and beyond, PAL advises them to:
- Rebook their flights to travel on or before 16 May.
- Reroute their PAL Manila – Kuwait journey to fly on PAL to Abu Dhabi or Dubai or Doha, and then on Other Airlines (OAL) for the connecting flight to Kuwait.
- Reroute their PAL Kuwait – Manila journey to fly on Other Airlines (OAL) to Abu Dhabi or Dubai or Doha, and then take the PAL flight home to Manila.
- Refund their unused tickets.
“PAL assures all affected passengers with confirmed tickets that refund/reroute/rebook charges will be waived accordingly,” the advisory read.
“PAL will shoulder the cost of flights on Other Airlines (OAL) for passengers who avail of option 2,” it added.