PAL to fly to San Vicente, Palawan?

By Benjie Lim Vergara

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists as San Vicente Airport opens. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

THE San Vicente Airport in Palawan last week opened its runway for commercial flights making accessible to the public more tourist destinations in the island.

Construction of the PhP298.7 million airport started in 2009. It was built to jump start tourism in this northwesterly town of Palawan as it is near the world-famous El Nido island. It opened to general aviation on June 22, 2017.

As this developed, legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) revealed that it is considering flight services to San Vicente Airport.

PAL Spkesperson Cielo Villaluna

The airport is two hours away from the world-famous El Nido Island. It is strategically positioned making it an ideal gateway to the famous island,” according to PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna in her Facebook account. She added that PAL will soon make the appropriate announcement.

El Nido, a municipality on Palawan island, is known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep Karst cliffs.

The PAL management recently came up with the adjusted flight frequency in support of the government’s decision to temporarily close or limit access to the world famous Boracay for urgent major environmental rehabilitation of the island.

As part of the flight frequency program, the airline expanded flights to a number of other Philippine tourist and provincial destinations to help ensure the continued growth of domestic tourism.

Also, it deployed commercial flights on routes between Manila and Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa in Palawan and Bacolod.

As we re-direct our passenger market flows to these other key destinations, PAL anticipates that the additional flights will help increase demand and spur economic activity for the benefit of the travel and tourism communities in various regions of the country,” Villaluna said.

PAL said it will continue to coordinate with the Department of Tourism to optimize the tourism generating value of any route calibrations and mitigate any adverse impact on both international and domestic tourism flows from the Kalibo and Caticlan airports cutbacks.

Seen as the country’s First Flagship Enterprise Zone, the booming town of San Vicente, a first-class municipality, is home to the longest white beach in the Philippines, known as Long Beach, which boasts a stretch of 14 kilometers spanning to the coastline of four barangays.

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