PAL (Philippine Airlines) flights from Manila to Caticlan on May 16 – October 26, 2018 will be suspended until the reopening of Boracay Island on October 27, 2018. Increase of flight from Manila to Dumaguete is expected.
Boracay Island – Closed
In relevance to the 6 months closing of the whole Boracay Island from last April 26, 2018, PAL will be suspending the Manila to Caticlan flights. Caticlan is the closest area going to Boracay Island with only about 1 kilometer stretch of water separating the two islands. President Rodrigo Duterte shutdown Boracay for 6 months for clean up purposes and new sewage system implementation. The island of Boracay generates 90 to 115 tons of garbage daily.
PAL Suspended Flights
Flights from Manila to Caticlan will operate four times weekly until May 15 while daily flights between Manila and Kalibo “will continue to operate during the Boracay closure period in order to serve the travel needs of KLO residents and visitors as well as the government rehabilitation team.” PAL stated that it has deployed additional flights on routes between Manila and Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa and Bacolod, PAL has increased flights between Cebu and Busuanga (Coron), Cebu and Siargao as well as between Clark and Busuanga.
More Flights to Dumaguete
As the Provincial Tourism Officers predicted, the increase of tourist rates in the city will rise due to the closure of Boracay Island. The island of Cebu will be the next target of tourists and the nearby island of Negros will come in second in fulfilling the “surge” of tourist in Dumaguete.