Puerto Princesa is famous international tourist destination known for the Puerto Princesa Underground River and gateway to other beautiful sites like the Tubbataha Reef and El Nido also in Palawan. Kota Kinabalu on the other hand is popular for its diverse eco-tourism and cultural villages, nature parks, the Orangutan Center, and the famous Mt. Kinabalu.
MASwings now flies to Puerto Princesa City Palawan
Malaysia-based MASwings Sdn Bhd will launch tomorrow November 22,2013 its direct flight from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah to Puerto Princesa in the island province of Palawan, strengthening further the air connectivity between key tourism areas in the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
The direct flights, which will be handled by an ATR 72-500 aircraft with a 68 passenger seating capacity is tentatively scheduled every Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and are seen to significantly shorten travel hours from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa and vice-versa.
Instead of passengers going to Manila from Puerto Princesa, they can now fly directly to Kota Kinabalu and the flight flight will take about an hour and 40 minutes, while the usual route of passing through Manila will take more than three hours excluding vessel and terminal transfers.
MaSwings Regional Airlines, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines is operating in East Malaysia, and has been an active player in the transport cluster of BIMP-EAGA. This newest route completes MaSwing’s plan to connect to the other three member countries of the sub-regional cooperation.
The maiden flight will bring in 64 passengers, which include the state ministers of Malaysia, hotel owners, travel agency operators, and the media from Kota Kinabalu and other parts of Malaysia.
Governments of the four countries signed the Expansion Air Linkages MOU in 2007 with the end goal of promoting and enhancing trade, investment, tourism, and cultural exchange in the sub-region.
Source : PNA