PAL resumes flights to Boracay on Oct. 1

Published September 29, 2020, 5:40 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

(Manila Bulletin File Photo)
(Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines flies to Boracay again this Thursday, October 1,  via Caticlan airport in Aklan as the government re-opens the island for tourism.

PAL’s first Manila-Caticlan-Manila service on Thursday, October 1, will depart from Manila at 11:10AM as PR 2041, arriving at Caticlan’s Godofredo P, Ramos Airport at 12:10PM.  

The return flight, PR2042, will leave Caticlan at 12:55PM and touch down in Manila at 1:55 PM.

The flag carrier flights on October 4 (Sunday), 9 (Friday) and 11 (Sunday) will pave the way for a regular twice weekly Manila-Caticlan-Manila schedule operating every Friday and Sunday from October 16 onwards, with the same timings.  

PAL’s modern Dash 8 Q400 aircraft will be deployed for the revived Boracay flights. 

“Our Caticlan flights are here to support the Department of Tourism’s vision to reopen Boracay island and other tourist destinations around the country,” Philippine Airlines stated.

“PAL, DOT and travel industry stakeholders are working together to support jobs and livelihoods by rejuvenating domestic tourism.”

The government is giving tourists the green light to travel to Boracay from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

This decision is formalized in Resolution No 74 of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which has relaxed age restrictions for travel to Boracay while continuing to strictly enforce entry restrictions for persons with comorbidities. 

Travelers to Boracay must present a COVID-negative result from an RT-PCR test taken “not earlier than 48 hours prior to the date of travel.” 

For proper screening, Caticlan Airport will be the sole port of entry for tourists arriving by airplane. 

Health protocols like mask-wearing and physical distancing will be strictly enforced throughout Boracay island.

PAL assures its passengers of its adherence to the highest safety protocols on its flights.

PAL aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters which disinfect cabin air of bacteria and viruses with 99.99% efficacy, as well as an advanced air flow system that replaces cabin air every two to three minutes. 

Cabin crew wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on flights. Aircraft surfaces are thoroughly disinfected before and after every flight.