Royal Air's maiden flight will land in Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPCIA) on March 1. (Photo courtesy of Royal Air's Facebook Page)

The maiden flight of Royal Air from Clark, Pampanga to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan is set to arrive on March 1, Mayor Lucilo Bayron said Monday.

He made the announcement during the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

Representatives of the airline already made a visit to his office last week to confirm the regular domestic flights from the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga, Mayor Bayron said.

“Tuloy na ‘yong flights sa atin [direct] from Clark [International Airport] to Puerto Princesa, four times a week,” Bayron said.

(The flights from Clark to Puerto Princesa City will already happen four times a week.)

Michie Meneses, City Tourism Office’s (CTO) promotion and marketing division chief, told Palawan News that 97 domestic tourists will be on the maiden flight.

She said flights will be every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Meneses said Royal Air’s maiden flight No. RW868 will land in Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPCIA) at 1:45 p.m. on March 1 and will immediately head back to CIA at 2:35 p.m. on the same day.

“Mas pinaganda daw itong airline nila. Mas malaki ‘yong space sa paanan, mas maluwang siya, ‘yon and kanilang ipinagmamalaki,” Meneses added.

(They said the aircraft was made to be better. It has sufficient leg room, and this is what the airline is proud of.)

She also said they are now coordinating the Royal Air management to consider transferring the maiden flight on March 4 for the Balayong Festival.

Meneses said the aim is to give the first wave of guests the chance to enjoy the celebration.