PAL, Cebu Pacific adjust flights following Boracay Island closure

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — Several airlines are adjusting their flight operations after the announcement of Boracay's closure beginning April 26.

The decision was made in a Cabinet meeting Wednesday where Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the island will be closed for six months.

Here is the list of travel advisories:

 

1. Philippine Airlines (PAL)

In a statement Wednesday, PAL said it would scale down services to Kalibo and Caticlan airports for six months.

The flag carrier will operate nine weekly flights between Manila and Kalibo (PR2969 and 2970) and seven (7) weekly flights (PR2041 / 2042) between Manila and Caticlan to maintain continued links to these gateways to Boracay and Aklan province.

All other Caticlan and Kalibo flights from Manila will be suspended from April 20 to October 27, while flights to Caticlan from Cebu and Clark will be suspended from April 26 to October 27.

Flights to other destinations would be expanded during the six months "to help ensure the continued growth of domestic tourism," it said.

Starting April 20, PAL will deploy additional flights on routes between Manila and Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa and Bacolod:

  • 2847 / 2848 MNL-CEB-MNL DAILY
  • 2149 / 2150 MNL-ILO-MNL DAILY
  • 2789 / 2790 MNL-PPS-MNL TH
  • 2135 / 2136 MNL-BCD-MNL TH

On April 26, PAL also will increase flights with routes between Cebu and Busuanga (Coron), Cebu and Siargao as well as between Clark and Busuanga.

  • 2694 / 2695 CEB-USU-CEB DAILY
  • 2698 / 2699 CRK-USU-CRK DAILY
  • 2382 /2383 CEB-IAO-CEB DAILY

Additional flights between Cebu and Clark will be added starting April 28:

  • 2833 / 2834 CEB-CRK-CEB TU/TH/SA

And beginning May 1, the carrier will increase flights on Manila-Dumaguete and Manila-Cagayan de Oro routes:

  • 2541 / 2542 MNL-DGT-MNL DAILY
  • 2531/2532 MNL-CGY-MNL TU/WE/FRI

PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said they fully support the government's intention "to make Boracay fully safe and environmentally friendly."

He added, "We seek the understanding of our passengers as your flag carrier and the aviation industry cooperate in this multi-sectoral endeavor. In the long-term, a safe and revitalized Boracay will benefit all stakeholders in the travel and tourism sectors, and the Filipino people as a whole.

PAL added passengers of the affected Kalibo and Caticlan flights have the option to rebook, reroute, or refund. Penalties and charges will be waived.

 

2. Cebu Pacific (CEB)

In line with Boracay Island's closure, Cebu Pacific Air is cancelling the following flights plying the Caticlan-Kalibo routes from April 26 to October 25.

Manila-Caticlan-Manila

  • 5J 891/892
  • 5J 895/896
  • 5J 899/900
  • 5J 901/902
  • 5J 905/906
  • DG 6241/6242
  • DG 6243/6244
  • DG 6247/6248

Cebu-Caticlan-Cebu

  • 5J 132/133

Caticlan-Clark-Caticlan

  • DG 6298/6299

Manila-Kalibo-Manila

  • 5J 331/332
  • DG 6317/6318

Manila-Kalibo

  • 5J 339

Kalibo-Cebu

  • 5J 413
  • 5J 415

Cebu-Kalibo-Cebu

  • 5J 416/417

Clark-Kalibo

  • 5J 351

Kalibo-Clark

  • 5J 352

Kalibo-Incheon-Kalibo

  • 5J 180/181

But to serve local residents and ensure continuity of commerce, Cebu Pacific will operate the following flights to and from Kalibo and Caticlan from April 26 to October 25, 2018:

  • 5J 337 Manila-Kalibo
  • 5J 338 Kalibo-Manila
  • DG 6245 Manila-Caticlan
  • DG 6246 Caticlan-Manila
  • DG 6272 Cebu-Caticlan
  • DG 6273 Caticlan-Cebu

Affected passengers may decide to get a full refund, place the full value of their ticket in a travel fund for future use, rebook the flight, or reroute to any domestic destination - subject to seat availability.

The airline also encouraged passengers who booked through travel agents or any other third party to give their updated contact details for information on any flight changes.

For more concerns, passengers may access Cebu Pacific's hotline at 702 8888 or www.cebupacificair.com.

3. Air Juan

Flight carrier AirJuan is also cancelling some of its flights bound for Caticlan from April 26 to October 25, the duration of Boracay's temporary closure:

Tagbilaran-Caticlan-Tagbilaran

  • AO2201
  • AO2202

This flight route is cancelled from June 1, to October 25:

Cuyo-Caticlan-Cuyo

  • AO1026
  • AO1027

AirJuan passengers with confirmed bookings on the flights above can either get a full-cash refund, a debit or credit card reversal of charges without penalties, rebooking flight schedules, and flight rerouting subject to fare difference.

Passengers can also place the value of the ticket purchased in a travel fund which can be used to book any AirJuan flights within one year from issuance, subject to seat availability.

The airline, however, will still operate the following scheduled flights from April 26 to March 31 in service of local communities who need to travel between islands.

Cuyo-Caticlan-Cuyo

  • AO1026
  • AO1027

Caticlan-Busuanga-Caticlan

  • AO1010
  • AO1011

AirJuan said it will evaluate the need to continue the flight services beyond the inclusive dates based on the needs and demands of the various communities.

Passengers affected by this cancellation may call Air Juan's Reservations and Customer Service at (632) 718-8111 or email reservations@airjuan.com.

 

 4. AirAsia

AirAsia is only retaining these flights during the six-month closure of the island:

Manila-Caticlan-Manila

  • Z2-219
  • Z2-220

Manila-Kalibo-Manila

  • Z2-713
  • Z2-714

In order not to disrupt AirAsia guests' holiday plans, AirAsia will be mounting additional flights to popular leisure destinations Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, and Davao in the Philippines.

Guests who are affected by the changes and hold flight bookings from April 26 to October 26 will be notified via email and SMS. AirAsia strongly urges all of their guests to keep their email address and mobile number (with country code prefix) updated in their AirAsia member profile to ensure they can reach them for timely assistance.

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