AirSwift, the only carrier operating to El Nido, Palawan, from Manila, is launching direct flights between El Nido and Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay, today, March 17.
The new route opens up two popular island destinations, giving holidaymakers the option of combining a stay in party island Boracay with a quieter, close-to-nature El Nido getaway. El Nido is home to some of the Philippines' gorgeous virgin island beaches and some of the best diving.
AirSwift's El Nido-Caticlan flights are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using the airline's 48-seater ATR-42 600 aircraft. The introductory roundtrip ticket rate is P6,000 (US$120), valid until October this year.
The Ayala-owned airline is adding one aircraft a year to its current fleet of three brand new ATR-42 600 aircraft in the next three years to fuel its expansion. It plans to launch flights from Manila to Sicogon Island in Iloilo, where an airport is being built as part of a grand development on the 1,100 hectare island. Ayala Land Incorporated, in partnership with Sicogon Development Corporation (SIDECO, is behind the Sicogon Island Tourism Estate development which will see the opening of a resort town center, hotels and resorts, commercial and residential establishments, and a new air strip. At the moment, travel to Sicogon requires air travel from Manila to mainland Iloilo, and land and boat transfers.
AirSwift has five flights a day from Manila to El Nido, 11 times a week from Cebu to El Nido, and four times a week from El Nido to Caticlan. It operates four-times weekly charter flights to Batanes in partership with Wakay Travel and Tours. The airline is also a partner of Ayala Land subsidiary, Ten Knots Development Corporation, owner of El Nido Resorts.
-by Monica de Leon
Published March 17, 2017