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Mon, 29 Oct 2018

Philippine Airlines to Offer Kalibo-Boracay Ferry Services

Mabuhay Maritime Express (MME), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philippine Airlines, is to launch scheduled Kalibo-Boracay ferry services using two brand-new 42-meter catamarans featuring a tri-class configuration – First Class, Premium Class and Regular Class.

The 410-seater, high-speed catamarans, named MV Malambing and MV Magalang, will operate four times per day, increasing to eight by December 2018.

Philippine Airlines Airbus A321 reg: RP-C9932 at Changi Airport in Singapore in September 2018. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“We decided to join – and revolutionize – the inter-island ferry service business, to complement local air travel as a holistic approach to promoting Philippine tourism,” said MME President, Jaime J. Bautista.

More than 40 inter-island ferry companies have been plying the waters around the archipelago for decades, providing inexpensive transport for passengers, cargo and vehicles from major domestic points.

“We aim to offer travelers a seamless air to sea transfer, taking passengers to their favorite tourist destinations as fast and as comfortable as possible,” added Bautista who is also PAL President and Chief Operating Officer.

With support from the local government, MME is building its own jetty port at Kalibo, 10 minutes away from the airport, where free shuttles are available for Boracay-bound passengers.

 The 90-minute ferry service will be fastest route to Boracay.

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