PAL opens direct flight route to Kalibo

TO bring Boracay closer to Filipinos and Hong Kong tourists, Philippine Airlines opened direct flights to Kalibo, Aklan starting April 27.

The full-service flag carrier now flies every Tuesdays and Fridays to and from Kalibo, for a roundtrip ticket of as low as $1,350. PAL’s newest direct flight leaves Hong Kong at 13:20 hours to arrive in Kalibo at 15:50; and departs Kalibo at 16:50 hours to return here at 19:20.

Marie Jemma Saranillo, PAL country manager for Hong Kong, Macau and Southwest China, explained that these convenient flight schedules enable tourists to arrive in time for a beautiful sunset by the beach; and leave after the hotel checkout schedule.

“As a full-service carrier, we are providing more legroom, free baggage allowance, free meals on board, free newspapers.

We offer bi-class service and we have very competitive rates for business and economy classes,” Saranillo said during the service launch at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club last April 18.

She added that last year, about 813,708 tourists visited Boracay, which is famous for its white sand beach, varied activities, and great food. Filipinos accounted for majority of these visitors at over 437,000.

Foreign tourists totaled 319,425, with Koreans registering the biggest number at 98,635.

The Philippine Department of Tourism expected this number to reach a million by 2013.

Philippine Airlines flies Hong Kong to Manila five times daily.

“We are still extending the lowest rate in the market for Hong Kong-Manila. And especially for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), we are giving out additional ten kilos free baggage allowance every time they come home. They just have to present a working permit or working visa at any PAL ticket office or through your travel agent,” Saranillo said.

PAL offers the additional 10-kilo free baggage allowance to legitimate Hong Kong-based OFWs for their return flight of HKG-MNL and beyond Philippine destinations.

This promo is valid until the end of May.

The airline executive also explained that despite the Hong Kong government’s black travel advisory against the Philippines, PAL surpassed its 2011 target.

“Despite the advisory or the adversity that we have, luckily with the support of the travel agents and the Filipino community, we are still able to meet our target budget over by about 6 to 7 percent,” Saranillo said.

“I could say that we were not so much affected by the adversity and it would still be a challenge for us to continue to reach out to our kababayans and all the locals here to travel to the Philippines. As we say ‘the Philippines begins with us’, we are the national carrier. We hope that you will continue to support us,” she added.

Philippine Airlines, Asia’s first airline, flies to over 27 cities across different regions.

Via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II, the flag carrier also flies to various destinations in the country.