While airlines have announced reduced frequencies and the Hong Kong Airport predicts lower passenger traffic due to the ongoing pro-democracy protests, Philippine low cost carrier Cebu Pacific announced it will add a new route between Puerto Princesa in the western-most Philippine island of Palawan to Hong Kong.
The new flights will start on November 17 and will operate on a four-times weekly schedule. Departures from Palawan will be in the mid-afternoon, while the return flight will depart Hong Kong in the early evening.
Cebu Pacific's new flights between Puerto Princesa and Hong Kong is aimed at connecting the popular tourist destination to access other parts of Palawan with the major air hub of Hong Kong. The new flights will allow travelers to fly directly to the island without connecting in Manila.
“We also enable tourists to enjoy more of the Philippines with options for easy connections between other key domestic destinations. We look forward to flying more tourists to one of the best islands in the world,” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific's Vice President for Commercial was quoted saying on a report on the Manila Standard.
From Hong Kong, Cebu Pacific will offer travelers the most connections between the Philippines and the city: Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Iloilo to go along with the new flights to Puerto Princesa.
In an effort to open more international flights to other cities in the Philippines, Puerto Princesa has welcomed more flights to non-domestic destinations including Seoul (Eastar Jet), and Taipei (Tigerair Taiwan).