CLARK, Pampanga - Budget airline AirAsia on Friday launched its maiden flight from Clark International Airport to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
The flight coincides with the formal awarding of Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature this weekend.
The first AirAsia flight to Puerto Princesa PQ7015 left Clark at 5:50 p.m. The flight included 40 delegates from the Philippine Swimming League, who will compete in Palawan.
"Puerto Princesa is the gateway to Palawan’s wealth of wonders and diverse eco-tourism offerings. Its new found fame as one of the new seven wonders of nature has generated a lot of interest from both local and international tourists. But beyond these must-see tourist spots and natural wonders, AirAsia brings awesome connectivity between these provinces and even beyond," AirAsia Inc. CEO Maan Hontiveros said.
Palawan has several tourist attractions such as Tubbataha Reef, Honday Bay, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, and the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR). The PPUR was voted as one of the seven wonders of nature.
AirAsia began its flights in the Philippines last March 28, with its flights to Kalibo, gateway to the world-famous Boracay, and Davao City.
Hontiveros said tourists from Central and Northern Luzon, as well as those in the northern part of Metro Manila, will now have access to flights to Palawan.
"In the same way that Palawan has a new and better access to Luzon other AirAsia destinations across Asia and Australia," she added.
AirAsia is currently offering a one-way fare to Puerto Princesa for just P799, including base fare, fuel surcharge, processing fees and other government taxes. The promotional sale for Puerto Princesa flights will run through April 22. Travel will be from April 23 to July 31 2013.