South East Asian Airlines (SEAir), the premiere leisure airlines in the Philippines, will operate daily flights from Manila to Iloilo (and vice-versa) starting August 2, 2012. SEAir’s entry to the Iloilo Airport is a welcome development to Ilonggos as it means more choices for passengers and increased inflow of tourists and investments to Iloilo. Currently, the Iloilo Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the Philippines accommodating 320 (inbound and outbound) flights per week.
SEAir will also open new flights to six other Philippine destinations: Cebu (July 31), Davao (starting August 18), Tacloban (August1), Puerto Princesa (August 3), Boracay via Kalibo (August 4) and Bacolod (August 20). The flights will operate from the Manila Domestic Airport (Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4) using newly-acquired Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.
“This is SEAIR’s largest network expansion ever. The seven routes showcasethe different paradise destinations in our country, and we are proud that SEAIR canhelp promote the ‘More Fun in the Philippines’ campaign,” said SEAIR Chief Operating Officer Patrick Tan.
“We have upgraded our fleet with new Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, which can accommodate 144 and 180 passengers respectively, to support the increasing demand of domestic travellers and the growing needs of NAIA,” said SEAIR president Avelino Zapanta.
“Together with our current domestic and regional flights, we expect thesenew routes to contribute one million passengers annually to local and regional tourism, create employment and boost commerce and industry in the seven domestic destinations,” added Zapanta.
SEAIR has been in operation for 17 years and is the Philippines’ second oldest airline. It has pioneered commercial flights to the country’s fastest growing tourist destinations including Boracay, Batanes and northern Palawan. SEAIR now flies to regional and domestic destinations using new Airbus aircraft and offers the lowest fares in partnership with Tiger Airways. The SEAIR -Tiger Airways Partner Airline Programme allows SEAIR todistribute its seats through Tiger Airways’ established internet booking system. Tiger Airways also recently announced the finalization of thesales and purchase agreement to purchase a 40% stake in SEAIR.
For more information, please visit www.FlySeair.com and www.tigerairways.com.