PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Puerto Princesa City Mayor Luis Marimla Marcaida III lauded the country’s flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) for opening more flights to the “Best Island of the World.”
“Malaking tulong ho sa ekonomiya ng Puerto Princesa. Mas marami yung nadadagdag na tourists na pumupunta rito,” Macaida told members of the press during a media tour in Palawan.
PAL’s Clark to Cebu started on January 30; Clark to Davao on February 1; Clark to Busuanga March 26 and Clark to Puerto Princesa March 26.
According to Marcaida, last year, there were about 950,000 tourist arrivals in the said city. Currently, they are looking at 2 million visitors to come, he said.
“We believe this (Puerto Princesa airport) is the new gateway of the Philippines to the world,” Macaida said.
“I would like to thank PAL for opening flights from Clark to Puerto Princesa City, from Cebu to Puerto Princesa City, and many others.
Maraming maraming salamat sa PAL, kayo po ang number one sa puso ng mamamayang Pilipino at kayo po ang nagsimula ng industriyang ito dito sa Asia. We love you PAL,” said Marcaida.
In a statement, PAL said the new routes are part of airline’s network expansion plans and the development of Clark and Cebu as secondary hubs to help decongest the airport in Manila.
PAL flies from Clark to five domestic routes namely: Busuanga, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Puerto Princesa and one international destination in Incheon, South Korea.