SEAIR mounts Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu flights on Nov. 28

CORON, Palawan, Nov. 18 (PNA)- Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR) will be mounting flights this month from Puerto Princesa City in Palawan to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, marking the carrier’s entry into the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) market.

Scheduled on Nov. 28, 2008, the inaugural flight will allow passengers to visit world-renowned destinations in a circuitous route without backtracking. It also opens up direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa and Boracay in Aklan, the carrier said in a statement.

“SEAIR made 3,511 flights to and from Caticlan. This translates to 635 flights more than our nearest competitor. This [new] service will add further to the connectivity to Boracay with twice a week flights direct from Caticlan to Puerto Princesa," said Patrick Tan, SEAIR’s vice president for commercial affairs.

To further boost passenger traffic, SEAIR recently introduced a state-of-the-art reservation system where passengers may avail themselves of the best online deals such as inexpensive fares for definite travel dates (FlySaver) and VIP tickets for those who require a good deal of flexibility on their itinerary (FlyFlex). All flights start selling at P35++.

Just last month, SEAIR posted record sales for 2008 with 20 percent of the tickets sold online. Online bookings are expected to increase by 250 percent as peak season nears.

Two new airbuses are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2009.

With the recent signing of the ASEAN Open Sky Agreement, it is full speed ahead for SEAIR as it bared plans to operate flights to Singapore, Macau, Incheon, Bangkok, and Kaoshiung. (PNA)