Philippine Airlines is to increase capacity on its London to Manila route.

The airline is replacing its 254-seat Airbus A340 to a 370-seat Boeing 777 from September 19.

It will also take delivery of six new Airbus A350-900s over the next two years, one of which will serve the London route.

From June 8 the airline is also set to resume flights to Kuala Lumpur after a three year respite.

More fam trips are planned for later in the year following the success of a mega-fam it held in March which saw 50 UK agents tour the Philippines in partnership with the Philippines Department of Tourism.

Senior assistant VP and EMEA division manager Genaro Velasquez said UK passenger figures were up 38% in the first quarter compared to last year.

As well as increasing passenger numbers with the new aircraft planned, he said the next step was to promote the airline as a carrier to Australia.

The airline flies to multiple destinations in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, via Manila.