SEAIR-I to open Palawan, Caticlan routes

MANILA, April 10 (PNA) -- South East Asian Airlines International (SEAIR-I), the country's premier leisure airline, is about to open new domestic routes from Clark to Boracay via Caticlan, and Caticlan to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan starting April 16.

SEAIR-I will focus on its original operations that made it the second longest running airline in the country. The airline company will concentrate on niche destinations and charters which plans to include charter flights in Taiwan upon the approval by the Civil Aviation Board.

Commemorating the airline's 19 years of operations, SEAIR-I returns to its Palawan and Boracay destinations under its new airline code XO and with the use of Dornier 328 aircraft.

SEAIR-I is the only carrier for the aforementioned routes offering promo fares as low as P2,805.

"We expect demand and traffic on these routes to increase up to 300% to 400% over this initial offering and we are ready to expand our capacity accordingly," said SEAIR-I president Avelino Zapanta.

The company has pioneered chartered flights to corporate clients in Balesin, Palawan, Boracay, and Vigan since 2012. Other regional destinations are being considered as well in due time.

SEAIR-I has been continuing to expand inline agreements with its daily cargo operations with fellow Clark locators such as Qatar Airways and Emirates. They operate daily using B737-200 making SEAIR-I the only airline in the country with a dedicated freighter jet aircraft.

The airline company will negotiate traffic feeds to and from Qatar Airways, Asiana Airline, Jin Air, and Dragonair in Clark.

"We are looking to expand interline agreements with other airlines that are interested in expanding reach through Clark. We will be capitalizing on our many years of experience in the industry, our brand recall and our network of loyal customers and travel agents," Zapanta shared.

Being the first airline locator in Clark, SEAIR-I offers international operators in Clark to carry their inbound traffic onwards to domestic destinations rather than completely compete with airlines on established routes.

SEAIR-I plans to develop more holiday routes that would greatly benefit the tourism market by flying at tourist hotspots where no other carrier was interested.

SEAIR-I remains as the corporate air of Tigerair Philippines which already became a part of the Cebu Pacific brand. Zapanta supports this endeavor made by Cebu Pacific.

"We believe that Tigerair Philippines has a bright future with the support of Cebu Pacific and wish them all the success in their endeavors. A component of the spirit of the original SEAIR resides with them there through the excellent team we left behind, including a strong flight operations team and a company with one of the best safety records in the country," Zapanta added. (PNA)
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