PAL to temporarily suspend Manila-Caticlan flights

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights plying the Manila-Caticlan route will be temporarily suspended beginning May 16 while Boracay Island remains closed.

PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said in a statement that flights on that route will operate four times weekly until May 15. The suspension will take effect from May 16 to October 26.

Meanwhile, daily flights between Manila and Kalibo will continue to operate to serve the travel needs of residents and the government rehabilitation team.

"The adjusted flight frequency is in support of the government's decision to temporarily close or limit access to Boracay for urgent major environmental rehabilitation of the island," the statement read.

PAL has deployed additional flights between Manila and Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa and Bacolod.

READ: PAL, Cebu Pacific adjust flights following Boracay Island closure

Passengers of the affected Kalibo and Caticlan flights have the option to rebook, reroute, refund. Passengers may contact PAL Hotline (‎(+632) (02) 855 - 8888, log on to www.philippineairlines.com or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or partner travel agent for their concerns.

The decision to close down Boracay from tourists for six months was made in a Cabinet meeting in April, to give way to its rehabilitation. The island was closed on April 26.