TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Tigerair Taiwan, the budget affiliate of China Airlines, will launch direct flights to and from the Philippines beach resort island of Boracay next April.
The tiny island, inhabited by only 30,000, was closed off to visitors from April to October this year in order to allow its environment to recover from the ill effects of mass tourism.
At present, Taiwanese travelers hoping to visit Boracay have to change flights in the capital Manila, but Tigerair Taiwan will provide the first non-stop service, the Apple Daily reported Friday.
The first flight is scheduled to take off on April 2 and will take passengers to Boracay in just over two hours, or at least one hour less than other services. There will be three flights a week, according to the Apple Daily.
The planes will take off from Taiwan at 0:15 a.m. to arrive on Boracay between 2 and 3 a.m. Young travelers might spend one night less on the island this way and go straight to the pier to enjoy a 5 a.m. sunrise breakfast, airline officials said.
Elaborating on Tigerair Taiwan’s business situation, company chairman Chang Ho-jo (張鴻鐘) said the airline had started losing money in the fourth quarter, because people stayed at home to vote in the November 24 local elections.
Looking forward to 2019, the company was considering flying to Vietnam and to two new destinations in Japan, including one in the northeast of the country, Chang said.