ASIAN SPIRIT ADDS NEW PALAU-PHILIPPINE ROUTE

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (Marianas Variety, May 4) – Asian Spirit is reducing its flight to Davao to once a week and instead will start flying to Cebu six times a day starting on May 4.

According to the airline’s new flight schedule, Asian Spirit will leave Koror to Cebu and Manila on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

[PIR Editors Note: According to PIR files, Asian Spirit started operations in 1996 with flights to Caticlan, the jump-off point for travelers to the world-famous Boracay Island [south of Luzon Island where the national capital city of Manila is situated]. The airline made its inaugural Palau-Davao flight in April 2006, and is looking at expansion into other parts of Micronesia.]

Flight from Manila to Cebu then Koror is scheduled on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays

The flight to Davao is scheduled every Wednesday and had been changed to a daytime flight of 9:45 a.m.

Earlier Asian Spirit management said that the Cebu flight will fare better than the Davao flight.

Cebu is considered an international hub compared to Davao.

The Cebu flight targets tourists to come to Palau from other destinations in the world.

Several international flights use Cebu as a connection point to the Philippines.

Airline executives said that the Cebu destination will move faster than the Davao market.

He said Cebu is a known hub for tourists and businessmen from different parts of the world.

Cebu is the second most metropolitan center in the Philippines and it is also home to several of the country’s interisland shipping companies.

Cebu, outside of Manila is a main hub of international flights to the Philippines.

Air fare to Koror via Cebu to Manila will cost $307.

The airline is also planning of expanding its route to Federated States of Micronesia.

Asian Spirit earlier said that Yap has a lot of tourism potential and AsianSpirit could provide a reasonable air fare and at thesame time travel to that part of Micronesia coming from Palau will be faster.

Marianas Variety

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