Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Finally, I see this tarpaulin at the airport! It is the answer of the questions many have been asking a few months back: whether Airphil will take over PAL or not... 
 This is the link and news release from Philippine Airlines on this issue:
Earn and Redeem Miles on AirPhil Express!!
We are pleased to inform you that effective October 28, 2012, AirPhil Express will become a program partner of our Mabuhay Miles program. This means you will now be able to earn Miles and redeem Travel Awards on both Philippine Airlines and AirPhil Express.  Selected benefits and privileges currently being offered to all our elite- status members can also be enjoyed when flying on both airlines.
With an expanded network of more Domestic and International destinations, this partnership gives you more ways to make the most your Mabuhay Miles membership. 
You may also want to note that starting October 28, 2012 Airport Terminal assignments for Domestic Flights will be by DESTINATION and no longer by airline (for PAL and AirPhil Express ). 

The terminal designations by then will be as follows : 
DOMESTIC Departures and Arrivals
(Starting 28 October 2012)

Domestic Departures and Arrivals
PAL (NAIA) Terminal 2
(near Nayong Pilipino)
NEW (NAIA) Terminal 3
(across Resorts World)
Cagayan de Oro
Puerto Princesa
General Santos
Kalibo (PAL)
(AirPhil Express)

Well, my friend had already mentioned this about a month ago when we casually met at the airport, but I guess I was hoping it wouldn't push through.

So Zamboanga now departs and arrives at Terminal 3.☹
So much for Elite status... 1) there is no Mabuhay Miles lounge in NAIA Terminal 3... 2) the additional 10 kilograms could not be transferred if the small plane is used... 3) quite inconvenient when travelling abroad since we have to change terminals!☹☹☹
I might use Cebu Pacific more.... we'll see...

Anyway, here is a related link for the next few days from a newslink reminding on the changes of Terminals for some of the realigned flights:

PAL, AirPhil to use NAIA-3 for Nov. 1 and 2 passenger traffic spike
October 26, 2012 2:55pm

Philippine Airlines and AirPhil Express will use the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) to accommodate the spike in number of passengers expected to head for the provinces on All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2, the Manila International Airport Authority said Friday.

The reshuffling of flights is supposed to decongest NAIA-2, home to PAL’s domestic and international flights. PAL and AirPhil are sister airlines – both owned by PAL Holdings Inc.

The realignment of PAL and AirPhil flights will start on Sunday, Oct. 28, said MIAA Public Affairs Office chief Consuelo Bungag. 

“Several PAL flights will be moved to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 while some AirPhil Express flights will also be operated at the Terminal 3 ,” said Bungag.
MIAA said domestic passengers taking PAL and AirPhil should check with their respective carriers and confirm their booking and the corresponding airport terminal.

“We expect a big number of travelers this weekend up to next week who will be traveling to their respective provinces for the All Saint’s Day break,” said Bungag.
“A lot of passengers who had purchased their tickets might have been uninformed of the flight changes and may be inconvenienced by the new operational changes,” she noted.

“We appeal to all passengers to be at the airport two hours before their respective flights and allot enough time for heavy traffic in and out of the terminals.
“Passengers affected by the flight changes will be ferried by PAL and AirPhil to their correct terminals, free of charge,” Bungag added. — VS, GMA News
Such a big change... we will see the repercussions!!!


  1. What a coincidence! I just saw a printed copy of this shedule on one of our sales sv since they are usig PAL going to Visayas-Mindanao area. I do not know if this is a good move but decongesting our airport should also a priority.

  2. okay lang if the purpose is decongesting the airports, but this is really a corporate move and now, we do not have PAL from Zamboanga and back! Now that I often go to Manila,I don't like the move... but that doesn't matter to them, anyway!

  3. nyikes hassle nga ang airport transfers nyan doc...

  4. CDO also have no PAL flights na rin, Airphil na nag cater sa mga passengers. I think this will be inconvenient for the passengers who do not know the changes. I'm sure marami reklamo nyan.. :)

  5. Thanks for the info. Now I know that Tagbilaran flights will be using the Terminal 2.

    I was emailed about the Mabuhay Miles, so I also enrolled recently :)

  6. hmmm, i'm not really traveling a lot but maybe this new move will benefit in the future i guess.Well i just hope so.

  7. We took AirPhil when we wen to Boracay 2 years ago :)

    CE 11/13

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