A Philippine Airlines AirBus A330. Photo: Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines will provide 440 extra seats by using larger aircraft for their Hong Kong to Manila flights on Friday and Saturday to allow stranded Filipinos to fly home for Christmas.

The decision came after hundreds of Filipino domestic workers got stuck in Hong Kong after Peya Travel Agency failed to provide tickets for them, since Sunday.

On Wednesday, Philippine Airlines said in a statement they will be shifting to larger aircrafts for flights on December 22, 23 to help the stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong.

“The airline is providing additional capacity by upgrading the aircraft from a 199-seater to a 309-seater,” it said.

The larger aircraft have an additional 110 seats. There will be three flights available on Friday and one on Saturday.

“Our hearts go out to our stranded countrymen. We hope this gesture will serve as a means to help a number of them come home to the Philippines in time for Christmas day,” Jaime J Bautista, president and chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines, said.

Several flights on January 3 and 4 will also be upgraded to larger aircrafts.

“Interested parties may book on the said flights on the aforementioned dates by logging on to www.philippineairlines.com or by calling the PAL hotline (02) (+632) 855-8888.”

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