Zest Air has launched direct flights between Seoul and Kalibo in central Philippines.
Kalibo, capital of Aklan Province and part of the Visayan group of islands, is the main jump-off point to Boracay, a popular leisure destination. But to reach Boracay, travellers still have to take a two-hour land trip to Caticlan port where they board a light boat for the last leg of their journey, which takes about 30 minutes.
The four-times-weekly service departs from Seoul on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The new route cuts travel time to Boracay by three hours as travel time from Seoul to Boracay via Manila takes seven hours.
Zest Air flight Z2 038 leaves Kalibo at 0100, arriving Incheon Internation Airport at 0630, while the return trip Z2 039 leaves at 0825 and arrives in Kalibo at 1155 the same day. National carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly between Manila and Kalibo several times daily, and only SEA Air flies direct to Caticlan from Manila.
Plans to expand the Caticlan airport to accommodate bigger aircraft are still being finalised.
For more information on Zest Air, visit www.zestair.com.ph