AirSWIFT (http://air-swift.com/) connects two of the Philippines’ best islands, Boracay and El Nido, via direct flights.
The four times weekly flights (Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun) uses the brand new ATR 42-600. It leaves El Nido at 1325H and arrives in Caticlan (Boracay) at 1430H. Return flight departs Caticlan at 1500H and arrives in El Nido at 1605H.
Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines announced that international passenger traffic for the 1st quarter of 2016 reached 5.61 million in January to March, up from 5.34 million passengers in the same period last year. International carriers account for 2.65 million passengers while Philippine carriers flew 2.95 million international passengers.
Despite this modest growth, passenger traffic is still hampered by slot limitation at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country’s main gateway.
International Traffic (1st quarter of 2016)
Philippine Airlines – 1.55 million passengers (up from 1.46 million)
Cebu Pacific Air – 1.12 million passengers (from 837,942)
Philippines AirAsia – 222,330
PAL Express – 60,992
Domestic Traffic (1st quarter of 2016)
Cebu Pacific Air – 3.03 million passengers
PAL Express – 1.15 million passengers
Philippines AirAsia – 657,102 passengers
Philippine Airlines – 563,070 passengers
CebGo – 377,096 passengers
AirSwift – 33,515 passengers
Magnum Air – 30,191 passengers
CAB earlier reported a 12-percent increase in domestic passengers to 5.84 million in the first quarter from 5.23 million a year ago.
AirSWIFT, a new ‘boutique’ airline operating in the Philippines, on 26 November began daily flights between Cebu (CEB) and El Nido (ENI). The 501-kilometre route will be served by the airline’s 44-seat ATR 42-500s (of which it has two) and faces no competition. In fact, the only services at El Nido Airport, which serves the ‘vacation paradise’ of El Nido on the island of Palawan, appear to be those offered by AirSWIFT to Manila and Cebu. Although the AirSWIFT name is new, the carrier can trace its roots back to 2002 when it began operations as Island Transvoyager, Inc (ITI Air).