Philippine Airlines (PAL) mounted its first international flight out of Tagbilaran last June 22, making Bohol’s capital the fifth Philippine gateway for foreign travelers.
PAL operates daily Tagbilaran – Incheon (South Korea) flights, allowing travelers to reach their destination conveniently with no stop-over in Manila.
PR2482 departs Tagbilaran everyday at 5:20 pm. The return flight leaves Incheon at 2:30 AM, arriving Tagbilaran at 6:00 am.
The new Cebu-Tagbilaran route, the first domestic link to Bohol outside of Manila, also opened last July 22.
“Making Tagbilaran a new international gateway provides foreigners with the fastest link to the attractions of Bohol and nearby Visayas cities. Linking international points to sought after places in the Visayas through convenient connections is the flag carrier’s way of catering to the travel needs of our patrons”, PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista said.
Other Philippine cities with international PAL flights include Manila, Cebu, Clark and Kalibo.
The new service also provides Korean travelers – comprising the country’s largest tourist arrivals – direct access to Bohol’s unique attractions, from tarsiers to Chocolate Hills. Other lures of Tagbilaran are powdery-sand beaches, dive spots, heritage sites and old stone churches. The city has recently become a favorite venue for national conventions and conferences.
PAL will operate the daily Tagbilaran-Cebu flights via PR 2874, departing 7AM and arriving in the Queen City of the South 7:30 AM. The flight leaves Cebu at 3:30 PM and touches down in Tagbilaran by 4 PM. Tagbilaran, located at the southwestern tip of the island province of Bohol, is just 72 kilometers south of Cebu City. From Cebu, holiday seekers can connect to 12 domestic and six international destinations.
The new services will increase domestic connections of the Queen City of the South to 13 which already include the following: Cebu – Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan, Caticlan, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Surigao, and Tacloban.