Philippines AirAsia launches flights from CEB to Caticlan, Davao and Puerto Princesa


Philippines AirAsia recently launched three new domestic flights from Cebu (CEB) to Caticlan-Boracay, Davao and Puerto Princesa. The airlines will fly daily utilizing the A320 aircraft.

 

 

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AirSWIFT Connects Boracay & El Nido via direct flights


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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.

Lone Passenger Flies to Boracay


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“I was a bit surprised and I couldn’t believe it!”

Alex Simon, 28, a travel blogger from Ischgl, Austria, found himself unexpectedly onboard a “private jet” when no one else showed up for the flight of Philippine Airlines from Manila to Boracay.

Simon took a video of the bizarre experience where he was seen talking to the lady pilot in the cockpit, and jokes around with his personal cabin crew.

According to Daily Mail, when he arrived at the airport his name was called over the loudspeaker and he was asked to make his way to the information counter. Staff explained the flight would be leaving in 30 minutes instead of the scheduled two hours because he was the only passenger.

“I thought I was dreaming. Later while boarding I just realized that it’s gonna be a special flight because this time I didn’t even need to line up.”

He even asked the cabin crew if he could take a window seat. “She answered, ‘You can sit anywhere, because you’re the only one passenger.'”

“It was an unforgettable feeling to take a flight to the one of the most beautiful islands of the world, but to be alone and feel like a superstar it made it more special.”

Flights between the Philippines capital and the tourist island of Boracay were normally packed.

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz

 

 

AirAsia to Open Kalibo-Kuala Lumpur this April


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MANILA, Philippines—Malaysian tourists will soon be closer to savoring the world renowned white sands of Boracay with AirAsia’s opening of direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo, Aklan in April.

“As we move towards the attainment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 and as close neighbors, it is high time for Malaysians and Filipinos to meet, engage and get to know more of each other’s peoples and countries,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said in a statement Friday.

The Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo direct international flight is the first for Kalibo and will fly four times a week starting April 18.

The nearest airport to Boracay is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in the town of Caticlan. From there, Boracay Island is just a boat ride away. Presently, only Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines Express have regular flights to Caticlan.

The new route of AirAsia will bring tourists closer to Boracay instead of having to go to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

“I have been to Boracay myself- and with its pristine waters, white sands, the bustling beach life, it is indeed one of the world’s best beaches,” Malaya said.

“The embassy considers tourism as a major factor in promoting and developing Philippine-Malaysia relations, notably in our people to people engagement,” he said.

Tourists from the Malaysia going into the Philippines numbered 109, 437 in 2013, the embassy said.

“Aside from the places they visited, what lingers in the minds of travelers after their stay in the Philippines is the warmth and hospitality of Filipinos,” Malaya said.

“I hope the Malaysians are excited enough to plan ahead to pack their bags, sunglasses and sarongs, stock up on sunblock and visit Boracay through AirAsia,” he said.
Source: http://business.inquirer.net/164563/airasia-to-open-kuala-lumpur-kalibo-route-in-april#ixzz2u8CQy4yL 

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Boracay Gets Flight Boost From New Airlines


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THE popular beach destination of Boracay will get better air access with the upcoming launch of Manila-Caticlan services by two new airlines – Skyjet and Seair International.

Seair I (read as Seair one), will start Caticlan services beginning November though an exact date has not yet been announced, according to Patrick Tan, Seair I’s COO.

Said Tan: “We will be using our Dornier 328s, and it will be a luxury service – with a VIP lounge and check-in service from the lounge, so (guests won’t) have to check in at the counter.”

He added that the airline’s 35-minute service would be the fastest flight to Boracay.

Meanwhile, Seair I plans to set up a hub in Puerto Princesa, Palawan to cater to inter-Palawan flights. Although Tan declined to share more, he and Avelino Zapanta, Seair I president and CEO, have suggested in previous reports that these would include El Nido, Taytay and Cuyo links.

Seair I has no ties to Seair, now rebranded as Tigerair Philippines (TTG Asia e-Daily, July 18, 2013), and was launched in July 2012 to serve missionary routes such as Batanes and Palawan, routes formerly served by Seair.

Likewise, new domestic airline Skyjet will commence operations to Caticlan later this year. The carrier, launched in February this year, currently operates thrice weekly flights to eco-cultural destinations, Batanes, Busuanga, Virac and Surigao.

Joel Mendoza, president and CEO, Skyjet and director, Batanes Cultural Travel Agency, said: “I want to replicate the success (we had in promoting) Batanes to other far-flung destinations.”

Skyjet operates two 94-seater British Aerospace BAe 146-200 jets, which Mendoza claims are “the safest aircraft for commuter regional flights…specifically built to run and land on short runways”.