MANILA – The Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Saturday said it will be reducing fares going out of Japan for Filipinos facing mandatory evacuation due to fears of high radiation levels.

With this, the cost of a one-way ticket from Narita to Manila or Narita to Cebu is now 30 percent cheaper at $335 (roughly P14,400), against the regular rate of $500 (roughly P21,500).

The new rate, however, excludes travel taxes imposed by Japanese authorities.

To avail of the service, Filipinos are advised to coordinate with the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, which is in charge of overseeing the repatriation.

Regular passengers, on the other hand, may purchase their tickets through the PAL sales office in Narita Airport, PAL ticket offices in downtown Tokyo, other PAL offices in Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya, accredited travel agents in Japan or the PAL website.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said around 2,000 Filipinos are covered by the evacuation measure although others opted not to go home because of personal reasons. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)