Low passenger demand moves CEB to suspend Caticlan flights

MANILALocal airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) is temporarily suspending all its operations to and from Caticlan, Aklan following the closure of the province's top tourist spot Boracay Island.

Airline officials said on Thursday CEB's Caticlan operation suspension would last from May 17 to Oct. 27, due to a "very low demand" for the route because of Boracay's closure.

"The management has decided to temporarily close operations to and from Caticlan because of the sluggish demand for this route. Almost no one is flying there," CEB spokesperson Charo Logarta Lagamon told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The government has closed Boracay for six months starting April 26 for the island's environmental rehabilitation.

Despite announcing other flight cancellations because of the Boracay closure, CEB had previously planned to continue several flights to and from Kalibo and Caticlan to ensure continuity of commerce in Boracay.

But CEB management has changed direction.

As of Thursday, CEB is in the process of informing passengers of the affected flights. Affected passengers are advised to rebook the flight within 30 days without penaltiessubject to flight and seat availabilityor reroute to any domestic destination within 30 days without penalties.

They can also get a full refund, or place the ticket's value in a travel fund for future use.

For inquiries, the airline can be reached at its official social media accounts. Passengers may also call the CEB hotline at 702-0888. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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