SEAIR goes regional

20 Nov 2008

Manila-based South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) intends to capture a slice of the travel market of the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) when it starts offering direct flights from Puerto Princesa City in the western province of Palawan to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia late this month.

The EAGA links adjacent parts of the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. The new SEAIR service covers Clark-Caticlan (Boracay)-Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu.

SEAIR president Avelino Zapanta said: “The four-point route opens up flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa and Boracay, which we want to promote to more travellers as gateways between the Philippines and the BIMP-EAGA region.” SEAIR also plans to fly to Singapore, Macau, Incheon, Bangkok and Kaoshiung. It is expecting delivery of two new Airbuses in the first quarter of 2009.

The airline earlier said it accounted for more than 35 percent of all flights in January-October this year to Caticlan, the jump-off point to the resort island of Boracay.

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Margie T Logarta

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