PAL Opens Bohol Gateway

Flies Seoul Beginning June 22

13 April 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has open a new gateway out of the country as it introduces first international flight to Seoul, South Korea from Tagbilaran airport.

The route is expected to commence on June 23 and will be serve daily by Airbus A320-200 aircraft. 

Tagbilaran airport will be the airlines fifth gateway after Manila, Cebu, Kalibo and Angeles.

PAL Expands Kalibo Hub

Adds Chengdu and Guangzhou flights

12 April 2017

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has added another destination to China by flying to Chengdu on March 31 and Guangzhou on April 15. The Sichuan City joins Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Xiamen out of Kalibo airport. 

The airline also flies to Seoul, Busan, and Taipei, as well as regular charters to Khabarovsk in Russia.

Xiamen Adds Jinjiang To Cebu

12 April 2017

Opens Kalibo Hub
Xiamen Airlines has begun its fourth non-stop route between China and the Philippines. On April 10 it introduced twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights on the 1,706-kilometre route between Jinjiang (JJN) and Cebu.

The airline also flies to Xiamen from Cebu. It is the fourth route of Xiamen Airlines in the Philippines after Manila-Xiamen and Manila-Jinjiang. 

Meanwhile, the carrier will launch its third hub with its fifth and six route out of the country when it begins Kalibo flight to Xiamen and Fuzhou beginning May 1 using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. It is also awaiting regulatory clearance to fly two more destinations to China.

PAL Grows Clark

12 April 2017

Opens Cagayan De Oro, Bacolod, and Tagbilaran 

Philippine Airlines will add Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and Tagbilaran to its growing domestic network from Clark beginning June 22 using A320 aircraft. 

"We are introducing new domestic routes to allow travelers to reach their desired destinations without the need to transit in Manila" said PAL president Jaime Bautista in a statement.

The airline will receive five brand new DH8-400 Next Gen turboprops, three A321-200s and two B777-300ERs in staggered basis before the end of the year.

The airline currently flies five domestic points from Angeles City to Cebu, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga and Caticlan.

Kalibo Airport Opens Runway Extension

Apron and Terminal Still A Long Way To Go!

12 April 2017

Kalibo airport runway extension will be operational soon after completing safety inspection and formal turnover to the airport operator, according to the Transportation Department (DOTR).

Construction for the 200 meter runway extension began in 2015 lengthening the runway to 2.5km to comply with international standards after expropriation battles with some land owners ended on positive note. The rest of the acquisition however failed after affected landowners contested offers of the provincial government.

DOTR said some gains has been made on the lands intended for runway strip as well as the Runway Safety Area(RSA) that surrounds the existing runway but the land for the new apron and terminal building remained with private land holders preventing the agency from constructing new facilities at the contested sites.

The implementation of the 6 billion Pesos airport development project has been hampered by land compensation dispute aggravated by 154 farmers demand for disturbance pay due to work displacement from the existing rice fields.

CAAP Deputy Director General Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the lengthening of the runway is the first step to the airports upgrade while the rest of the desired land area are being negotiated in court.

Tamayo confirmed that land acquisition problems for Phase I and II of the project intended for the apron, terminal building, parking and other support facilities comprising about 500 hectares are still pending resolution in court  as landowners went to court to seek reasonable compensation from the government. 

Private lands affected by Kalibo international airport development projects were those situated in Barangay Nalook, Tigayon, Pook and Kaano, in the municipality of Kalibo.