Flights and Transfers
Domestic Flights (Philippines)
Currently there are four domestic carriers operating within the Philippines and all have excellent safety records. The main hubs for the airlines are Manila and Cebu with the airlines running the majority of their routes either starting or ending at these cities. Despite 7,000 islands within the country it is surprisingly easy to travel around by plane and the vast majority of all tourist destinations are accessible on short flights courtesy of the airlines. Short flights tend to last no more than 30 to 45 minutes and the longest internal flight (Manila – Davao) takes just 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Cebu Pacific has been operating since March 1996 and primarily serves the Visayan and southern islands within the country. They are also developing a greater international presence with scheduled flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Incheon amongst other destinations.
Cebu Pacific has 14 aircraft within the fleet and all are either state of the art Airbus A320’s or Airbus A319’s. All of their planes are under one year old making it the youngest fleet in the Philippines and one of the youngest in the world.
With 1,182 employees and in-flight games orchestrated by cabin staff the airline prides itself on both providing an enjoyable travelling experience for it’s customers and a airline of high reputation for the country.
‘The people’s airline’, Asian Spirit was formed as a co-operative by experienced airline workers in 1996 and was the first co-op in Philippines aviation industry. Asian Spirit initially concentrated on serving ‘secondary destinations’ (including the first flights to Caticlan, Boracay) within the country and now fly to the majority of tourism destinations.
Their fleet consists of 10 aircraft; British Aerospace (BAe) 146 jetliners, BAe-Advanced Turboprop and DeHavilland Dash-7 aircraft. All the aircraft are specifically designed for short take-off and landings ensuring that they can service all commercial centres within the country.
South East Asian Airlines
SEAIR are a European and Philippines owned airline and have been flying since 1995, it now serves 18 domestic sectors with a particular focus on tourism destinations including Boracay, Busuanga, Camiguin and Siargao. SEAIR now have the fastest flights to Caticlan, Boracay, taking just 35 minutes to reach there from Manila.
Their fleet consists of 12 planes and includes brand new Dornier 328 one of the fastest and most advanced jet prop in the world. They also fly LET 410 UVP-E’s the perfect aircraft for short haul flights in country. SEAIR have over 350 employees dedicated to passenger service and safety.
SEAIR also fly the Dornier Do-24 a beautiful seaplane that re-captures the glamour and romance of past aviation travel. Currently on a world tour raising funds for UNICEF and promoting the Philippines it will be available for private charter later in 2007 and seats 15 passengers.
PAL is the national airline of the Philippines and operates both international and domestic flights. It serves 21 Philippines cities and has a fleet of 33 aircraft. New Airbus A319’s and A320’s are primarily used on the internal routes.
International Flights (Philippines – Micronesia)
Continental Airlines and Asian Spirit have opened up the Micronesia routes, making Palau and Guam easily accessible from the Philippines. In fact for those travelling from Europe, Middle East and Asia the easiest and most economical way to reach Micronesia is via Manila.
US owned Continental is one of the world’s largest airlines (ranking number 8) and has been flying to Micronesia destinations for over 40 years. The airline has been awarded a host of awards in the last 2 years including No1 Most Admired Global Airline (Fortune Magazine) and Airline of the Year (OAG).
Continental Micronesia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental and has regular flights between Manila and Palau, Yap and Guam. Flights to Truk connect at Guam. Locally they also connect with Japan, Hawaii, major US hubs including Houston and San Antonio and a number of other islands in the Micronesia area.
All Continental Micronesia flights between Manila and the islands are made using Boeing 737-800 the worlds most popular medium range airliner.
Continental are members of Sky Team Alliance which ensures that air miles on Continental can be collected by Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air, Aeroflot and Delta users.
Land and Sea Transfers
The island nature of the Philippines and Micronesia means that you may well be using air, road and sea transport, or a combination of all three, to reach your resort. For your comfort and ease all of our packages include complete and fully assisted transfer arrangements.
At the airports you will always be met on arrival by our representatives and helped to your onward transport. (In Manila all our transfers are private and are just for you or your group). Our transfers take you the fastest and most direct way straight to your resort, with minimum fuss, so that you make the most of your available vacation time.
While here on vacation you are welcome to contact us if you wish to make changes to your itinerary or travel arrangements.
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