Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) today began serving Borongan City, the capital of Eastern Samar, with the launch of the first Cebu-Borongan flight.

The inaugural PR 2651 service departed from Mactan-Cebu at 11:05 AM this morning, operated with 73 passengers on board a De Havilland Dash 8 Series 400 Next Generation aircraft (RP-C5907). The flight landed at Borongan Airport at 11:55 AM.

The pioneer PAL flights are expected to boost business and tourist travel to the popular surfing spot that is winning the attention of adventurous travelers.

“We are delighted to link Borongan City with Cebu for the first time, opening direct access for more travelers to discover the beauty and special attractions that Eastern Samar has to offer,” said PAL Vice President for Sales Bud Britanico. “As we continue to expand our network hub in Cebu, we view our new Cebu-Borongan routes as a huge opportunity for Eastern Samar to generate more good business and tourism revenues to uplift the local economy. Philippine Airlines will do its part to promote travel to Borongan, not just from Cebu but also from Manila and other cities in PAL’s domestic and regional network.”

Starting today, December 19, PAL’s twice weekly Cebu-Borongan-Cebu flights have the following schedules:

• PR 2651 Cebu-Borongan – every Monday and Friday departing Mactan-Cebu at 11:05 AM, arriving Borongan at 12:00 PM

• PR 2652 Borongan-Cebu – every Monday and Friday departing Borongan at 12:30 PM, arriving in Cebu at 01:30 PM

PAL also offers a convenient one-stop connection to Borongan from Manila, as PAL flights from Manila to Cebu enable travelers to hop on to the new Cebu-Borongan service for their onward journey.

Travelers may book their PAL flights via www.philippineairlines.com, the PAL mobile app, the PAL hotline at (02) 8855 8888, or via accredited travel agents. (PR)