KALIBO, Aklan—Tiger Air Philippines, the newest entrant in the budget airline segment, will open a Kalibo-to-Hong Kong route within the next few months.
Tiger Air will also be starting its-Kalibo-to Singapore run on July 18, making it the first carrier to fly this route.
At a dinner Wednesday night hosted by the airlines to celebrate its inaugural flight from Clark to Kalibo, Tiger Air Philippines CEO Olive Ramos told reporters that servicing the Kalibo to Hong Kong route is part of the their efforts to bring in more tourists not only to Boracay but to make the province of Aklan a destination in itself.
“Boracay has been named the World’s Best Island Destination in 2012 by Travel+ Leisure Magazine that is why we are pursuing more direct flights to Kalibo, so that international tourists do not have to pass by the congested airports in Manila anymore. By opening these direct routes from Singapore and Hong Kong we are targeting not only the residents but the entire region as well since the two cities are considered central hubs in Asia,” Ramos said.
Citing Phuket as an example, where travelers will be passing by several tourists attractions in Thailand before they get to the beaches, Ramos said they wanted help Kalibo become more than just a stopover for Boracay bound tourists.
Besides the Ati-Atihan Festival in January, other places to visit in Kalibo include the Bakhawan Eco-Park, which was dubbed as “the Philippines most successful mangrove reforestation project, and the Aklan Museum, the town’s repository of history and heritage. Kalibo is also the hub for the pina (pineapple silk) industry of the province.
As the newest value-for-market airline, Ramos said they wanted to build on the name and reputation of Tiger Air and be known for its standard of safety, reliability and seamless customer experience.
Tiger Air flies twice to Kalibo daily. It is one of the destinations serviced by Tiger Air Philippines along with local cities Clark, Laoag, Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa and international cities Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.