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PAL launches Boracay ferry service

In time for the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26, flag carrier Philippine Airlines launched, on Tuesday, a premium ferry service between Kalibo to Boracay Island, made possible by its subsidiary Mabuhay Maritime Express.

With the launch, PAL provides more comfortable option that can get you straight to Boracay.

Before, a trip from Kalibo to Boracay would take over two hours, that includes travel by land and a short boat transfer. With PAL’s ferry service coming into play, traveling by ferry cuts the travel time to an hour and a half.

The economy round trip is priced Php1,500, inclusive of onboard meals. It will also offer premium seating at P2,000 and first-class seats at P2,500, reported Inquirer.

Set to be operational before 2018 ends, ferry service is intended to be packaged with PAL flights to Kalibo Airport, said PAL president Jaime Bautista.

“We decided to join and revolutionize the inter-island ferry service business to complement local air travel as a holistic approach to promoting Philippine tourism,” said Bautista.

For its initial operations, Mabuhay Maritime will provide two vessels, high-speed catamarans named MV Malambing and MV Magalang, that can hold 410 passengers each.

Eventually, Mabuhay Maritime might acquire more ships and expand its routes. They will also soon build its own jetty port in Kalibo, situated 10 minutes from the airport. A free shuttle service to transfer passengers is also in th
e works, according to PAL.

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