MANILA—Major local airlines on Wednesday announced flight cancellations to and from Caticlan and Kalibo towns in Aklan following the announcement of the closure of Boracay starting April 26.
Philippine Airlines (PAL), in a statement, said several flights from Manila to the two municipalities will be suspended from April 20 to October 27, while flights to Caticlan from Cebu and Clark will be suspended from April 26 to October 27.
It will, however, operate 9 weekly flights between Manila and Kalibo and 7 weekly flights between Manila and Caticlan.
"PAL will scale down its services to Caticlan and Kalibo airports for a six-month period beginning late April, and expand flights to a number of other Philippine tourist and provincial destinations during said period to help ensure the continued growth of domestic tourism," the flag carrier said.
PAL said it will operate additional flights between Manila and Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Cagayan de Oro.
2847 / 2848 MNL-CEB-MNL DAILY (20 APR)
2149 / 2150 MNL-ILO-MNL DAILY (20 APR)
2789 / 2790 MNL-PPS-MNL TH (20 APR)
2135 / 2136 MNL-BCD-MNL TH (20 APR)
2541 / 2542 MNL-DGT-MNL DAILY (01 MAY)
2531/2532 MNL-CGY-MNL TU/WE/FRI (01 MAY)
It will also increase flights between Cebu and Busuanga (Coron), Cebu and Siargao, Clark and Busuanga, and Cebu and Clark.
2694 / 2695 CEB-USU-CEB DAILY (26 APR)
2698 / 2699 CRK-USU-CRK DAILY (26 APR)
2382 /2383 CEB-IAO-CEB DAILY (26 APR)
2833 / 2834 CEB-CRK-CEB TU/TH/SA (28 APR)
Cebu Pacific, meanwhile, cancelled the following flights from April 26 to October 25, 2018:
Manila-Caticlan-Manila 5J 891/892 Daily
Manila-Caticlan-Manila 5J 895/896
Manila-Caticlan-Manila 5J 899/900
Manila-Caticlan-Manila 5J 901/902
Manila-Caticlan-Manila 5J 905/906
Manila-Caticlan-Manila DG 6241/6242
Manila-Caticlan-Manila DG 6243/6244
Manila-Caticlan-Manila DG 6247/6248
Cebu-Caticlan-Cebu 5J 132/133 Daily
Caticlan-Clark-Caticlan DG 6298/6299 Daily
Manila-Kalibo-Manila 5J 331/332 Daily
Manila-Kalibo-Manila DG 6317/6318
Manila-Kalibo 5J 339 Sun-Thu
Kalibo-Cebu 5J 413 Daily
Kalibo-Cebu 5J 415 Sun/Fri
Cebu-Kalibo-Cebu 5J 416/417 Sun
Clark-Kalibo 5J 351 Tue/Thu/Sat
Kalibo-Clark 5J 352 Mon/Wed/Fri
Kalibo-Incheon-Kalibo 5J 180/181 Daily
Kalibo-Incheon-Kalibo 5J 182 / 183
The airline said those who booked these flights have the following options:
• Get a full refund;
• Place the full value of the ticket in a travel fund for future use;
• Rebook the flight, subject to seat availability;
• Reroute to any domestic destination, subject to seat availability.
Cebu Pacific said it will operate the following flights from April 26 to October 25:
Manila-Kalibo 5J 337 Daily (except from May 1-4, 2018)
Kalibo-Manila 5J 338 Daily (except from May 1-4, 2018)
Manila-Caticlan DG 6245 Daily
Caticlan-Manila DG 6246 Daily
Cebu-Caticlan DG 6272 Daily
Caticlan-Cebu DG 6273 Daily
Affected passengers are advised to contact the airline's hotline at +632 7020-888, or visit the official Cebu Pacific Facebook (facebook.com/cebupacificair) or Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts.
Air Asia Philippines said it is also "adding several flights to Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Bohol, Iloilo, and other leisure destinations."
"The impact of Boracay closure on our operation is almost insignificant compared to its effect on our guests, especially those who have saved up their money to be able travel this summer, which is why our focus is on assisting them and providing them with flexible options so as not to disrupt their holiday plans," AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said in a statement.
Air Asia has yet to release its list of cancelled flights to and from Boracay.