Kalibo Int'l Airport open to direct flights on Good Friday

April 1, 2010 10:08 pm 

KALIBO, Aklan, April 1 — Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong and nearby areas can now fly direct to Boracay Island through the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) which will open its doors to direct flights starting Good Friday, April 2.

Rosell Quimpo-Ruiz of the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office said they will be welcoming 152 passengers from Hong Kong via the chartered flight of the Philippine Airlines.

After the anticipated successful landing, the provincial tourism office and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Kalibo expects more similar chartered flights in the KIA in the future, he said.

Series of chartered flights usually motivate airline companies to pursue regular flights in the two destinations. Most of the passengers are either Chinese or Taiwanese tourists bound for Boracay Island.

Since it is a chartered flight, PAL will also be accommodating similar passengers on their way back to Hong Kong after less than a week stay in Boracay.

"For several years, the Department of Tourism has been packaging Boracay as a tourist’s destination for OFWs. In fact, the resort island has been receiving OFW tourists," Ruiz said.

He added that aside from Hong Kong, the KIA also caters to direct flights from China, Korea and Taiwan. (PNA)

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