MANILA -- Despite the negative image of the country brought by the bloody hostage-taking incident, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it will continue to mount regular flights to its 26 foreign and 21 domestic routes.

The flag carrier said it is hoping that the repercussions to the tourism industry will be temporary as they continue operations in Hong Kong, five times daily from Manila.

“We will continue to serve this very important and strategic route, but we hope that dampened demand as a result of Monday’s incident will be temporary,” PAL said.

The airline added that it is too early to quantify what the financial impact of the negative advisories will have on the company’s operation.

Meanwhile, PAL said it joins the international community and the government in mourning the killing of eight foreign tourists at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)