The Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been encouraged by the positive turnout of its direct flights to Korea which began last week.
“Loads are good, at least mga 85 percent up, umaabot ng 180 to 190 passengers. ‘Yan ‘yong loads back-and-forth from Incheon,” PAL Palawan Manager Joel Paderes told Palawan News.
Paderes said the Korea flights could even continue even after the reopening of Boracay, with Palawan opening its own new destinations including San Vicente.
“We hope na ituluy-tuloy ng management ‘yan kung maganda talaga ‘yong loads. Kung marami talaga ang demand, maybe management will decide. Ang bottom line diyan is ‘yong number of passengers,” he said.
Paderes said that they have been successful so far in opening foreign routes, noting the continued operation of their direct flights to Taipei. This route which opened in 2015, he explained, was supposed to run for only three months but was sustained because of consistent demand.
“This was charter flight that started three years ago. Ang plano niyan three months lang more than three years na ito ngayon. Why? Because maraming galing doon na would like to come,” he said.
Paderes said the feedback from the tourists’ experience in Palawan will encourage other foreigners to visit.
“There is a possibility na kahit mag-open ‘yan Boracay kung maganda naman ‘yong feedback ng mga galing na dito, so they will also tour. I am hoping na maganda ‘yong magiging feedback. If they came, if they will experience a good tour here, when they go back they will also tell their friends. Well kung magtuluy-tuloy ito ang magbe-benefit talaga is not just the city but ‘yong the whole province of Palawan,” Paderes said.
“All we have to do is just add additional tourist attractions here in the province. Kulang [din] tayo ng tourist destination dito sa Puerto,” Paderes said.