Just like the previous poster said, as much as PAL makes sense.. they have priorities to make themselves more "world class" to achieve 5-Star. So I feel they're aiming for more "prestige" routes and attract more attention elsewhere, even though San Diego has one of the largest Filipino populations.
I doubt PAL would put 'prestige
' ahead of making money
if there was plenty to be had on MNL-SAN-MNL. Ethnic concentration alone does not guarantee a successful route once you factor in the necessities of opening that extra station. Just look at LAX-CEB where the prerequisites were deemed abundantly present. As pointed out in #431 above, MNL-JFK transition to a nonstop operation with the A359 next year might allow the start of MNL-YVR-SAN...though I feel its flourishing is as elusive as the A338
achieving serial production.
for your usual sharp and insightful thoughts on all things Philippines, PAL, and regarding SAN-MNL.
I was just wondering if the military might be another important part of traffic between SAN and MNL? I have no idea but have heard that the JAL flights carry a healthy amount of military business and I think I remember hearing somewhere that MNL was the final destination of at least some of that traffic.
IF there is still/again interest by PR in MNL-SAN, I have no idea if it would be for nonstop service, or the previous idea of a tag-on to MNL-YVR (which the actual application to the U.S. DOT back in '08 was for. Now that SAN seems to be in an "attractive" position regarding intercontinental air service interest, I suppose it is possible that PR could be re-interested in our corner of the U.S....
If you, Devilfish
, hear or see anything that might be of interest to us San Diego av-geeks, it would be very much appreciated if you would share it with us here. Thanks in advance, my friend.
, what do you think about military interest in a SAN-MNL flight? I know you were one of the original 'pushers' of the SAN-MNL connection back in 2007/8 prior to the FAA downgrade when everything went "Poof"! Do you think it's time to jump-start our interest in the idea of PAL coming to SAN on a regular basis?