By Benjamin Lim Vergara
AN affiliate of flag carrier Philippine Airlines will soon provide ferry service in Boracay to draw more tourists in the island resort.
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the airline on Tuesday held a Mabuhay Maritime Express Naming Ceremony at Esplanade Seaside Terminal in Pasay City followed by a cruise to a coastal paradise at Pico de Loro Beach and County Club in Nasugbo, Batangas.
Mabuhay Maritime Express Transport Inc., also known as MME, is a subsidiary of PAL Inc., which was established in August 2016, according to Villaluna.
“MME will initially provide ferry service between Kalibo and Boracay, and vice versa utilizing brand-new 42-meter catamarans,” Villaluna said.
Mabuhay Maritime will particularly cater to PAL’s airline passengers, PAL said.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of the re-opening of Boracay island (Malay, Aklan) on October 26, PAL will resume flights between Manila and Caticlan, Cebu and Kalibo. The airline also has reminded its passengers that a pre-booking with a hotel is required as a prerequisite to enter the island of Boracay.
“The Department of Tourism will be implementing to a ‘no booking/no entry policy’ and will be setting up a verification booth at the Caticlan Airport and the Kalibo International Airport. Passengers are advised to book their stay with officially-compliant establishments,” PAL said in an advisory.
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