The Australian Embassy in the Philippines has announced that Philippine Airlines has agreed to operate user-pays flights from Manila to Sydney and Manila to Melbourne on Tuesday, 26 May.
PAL will also operate special flights for Filipinos from Sydney and Melbourne to Manila.
The one way fare from Manila (exclusive of taxes and fees) are $625 USD ($975 AUD ex tax), and Business class $1835 USD ($2860 AUD ex tax).
Domestic flights to connect to Manila are an additional $150 USD (exclusive of taxes and fees) ($235 AUD ex tax).
Domestic sweeper flights
Philippine Airlines has confirmed with The Philippine Times, that sweeper flights are being arranged for: Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Legazpi, Tacloban and Tagbilaran.
These special flights are only available to Australian citizens, Permanent Residents, and their immediate families. Australian Permanent Residents must have a valid travel facility, which can be checked through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) tool.
The Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson advised Australian’s who are stranded to “act now” as these last round of repatriation flights will likely be the last until regular scheduled flights are commence.
PAL has not commented as to when regular scheduled flights will resume in Australia.
1. Register your interest by 11:59pm Tuesday, 19 May
Register via the following link: https://mypal.vip/url/AUSrepat
The Embassy has stressed that details need to be entered carefully, as PAL has had difficulty reaching some of those who registered for the previous flights that were organised in April.
PAL has requested for complete telephone Philippine phone numbers and to ensure there is a signal at all times.
2. Steps after registration
The Australian Embassy has stated that Australian citizens with a valid Australian passport are able to call PAL between 8am-8pm on +63 2 8855 1000 to complete their booking. Alternatively Australian citizens may purchase their ticket at a PAL ticket office.
All others who registered must wait to receive a call from Philippine Airlines.
The Australian Embassy has also provided details regarding immediate family members: Temporary Visitor Visa Holders, Partner and Child visa holder, and Spouses.
Watch the announcement made by the Australian Ambassador, Steven Robinson:
- Three special flights from Manila arrive in Australia under difficult circumstances
- Coming home to Australia in the time of COVID-19
- In picture: Stranded in the Philippines, ‘detained’ in Australia
- Repatriation flights on April 28 to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for stranded Australians in the Philippines
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