By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Travel companies Cebu Pacific Air and 2GO Travel said operations are currently unaffected amid the schedule April 26 closure of Boracay, which could last six months.
During a recent media meeting in Bacolod City, Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications Director Charo Logarta-Lagamon said their operations at Caticlan Airport will continue in order to serve those headed towards northern Panay.
However, the airline will be cutting down flights at the said airport and will be adding flights to other cities in the country, including Bacolod, with two additional Manila-Bacolod-Manila flights.
Cebu Pacific currently provides an average of 16 flights at Caticlan Airport daily.
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Watchmen Daily Journal, 2GO Travel marketing head Francis Chua said their Batangas-Odiongan-Caticlan route is also unaffected by the planned closure.
Chua explained a majority of their passengers that take the said route are residents of the Antique-Aklan area.
He added some are also northern Iloilo residents.
Aside from northern Panay passengers, the route also serves as a roll-on/roll-off point for Visayan-based buses heading towards Metro Manila, such as Vallacar Transit Incorporated, which has a Dumaguete-Bacolod-Caticlan-Batangas-Cubao route.
Chua noted, due to the closure, some vacationers who were planning to go to Boracay have canceled their tickets for a refund.
The 2GO officials suggested vacationers check out other hotspots, such as Romblon and Coron, which he said are “just as beautiful as Boracay.”
With several businesses asking the government to shorten the closure, Chua said they support the government’s decision to close the island, adding it would open the opportunity for travelers to discover other holiday destinations in the country./DGB, WDJ