PAL to open regular flights within BARMM

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) sets to inaugurate the first-ever air links within Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) next month by introducing regular jet flights between Cotabato City and Tawi-Tawi.,In a statement on Thursday, PAL said it will mount the new Cotabato – Tawi-Tawi – Cotabato service, which will operate twice weekly, with morning departures every Monday and Thursday starting on 9 June.,BARMM chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim said the “long-awaited service between Cotabato and Tawi-Tawi” will support the economic and tourism development of BARMM.,“We have high hopes for success, and we will do all possible to support this historic venture for the benefit of our constituents,” Ebrahim added.,Meanwhile, PAL President and COO Captain Stanley K. Ng said: “We are honored to make history by operating the first flight within the new Bangsamoro region, giving us a new opportunity to serve its 4.9 million people.”,“We look forward to contributing, in our way, to the development of tourism and commerce in Bangsamoro through regular flights that help promote unity and economic activity in this dynamic region as well for the rest of Mindanao,” he added.,PAL will deploy Airbus A320 aircraft on this pioneering route, offering a choice of Business Class and Economy seating on the nonstop flights across the Sulu Sea.,The new service connects BARMM’s mainland areas to its island region, with Cotabato’s Awang Airport and Tawi-Tawi’s Sanga-Sanga airport as travel gateways.,PAL also operates regular daily flights between Manila and Cotabato City. The national flag carrier is expanding flight services to, from, and within Mindanao to help position the island as a prime economic center of the country.