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Boracay will receive 148 guests through a direct flight from South Korea.

A direct commercial aircraft from Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, carrying 148 passengers to Boracay Island is anticipated to arrive early Saturday morning through Kalibo International Airport (KIA).

In a phone interview on Friday, Tourism Regional Director for Western Visayas Cristine Mansinares revealed that from June 18 to October 29, 2022, two flight companies will service travelers from Incheon Airport to the white beach island via KIA.

Air Seoul, the first commercial airline, is scheduled to land at 12:06 a.m. on Saturday, while T’Way Air, the second commercial airline, will begin flying to KIA on June 22.

T’Way Air is another Korean low-cost carrier in the worldwide market, whereas Air Seoul is a budget carrier and a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines.

“This will have an influence on our tourist visits,” Mansinares said, “since we have been looking forward to recovering pre-pandemic international arrivals for a long time.”

She went on to say that the arrivals will help boost foreign arrivals in 2022, particularly in the third and fourth quarters.

“Because it’s a direct trip, they’ll have plenty of time on the island,” she explained.

She added that over 4,000 foreign tourists have visited the island monthly since April, citing data from the Malay-Boracay Tourism Office, but that they had to pass through Cebu, Manila, or Clark and fly to Kalibo or Caticlan via local planes.

According to data as of June 15, 4, 373 guests arrived on April, 4, 268 in May, and 2,439 between June 1 and June 15.

“At the moment, Korea ranks fourth among our top international markets. From February 12 to June 15, there were 923 Korean tourists,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Governor of Aklan Florencio Miraflores stated that the strain is increasing as visitor arrivals in Boracay have already reached pre-pandemic and even pre-closure levels.

“This is mostly domestic tourism, and the first group of Korean visitors will arrive tomorrow.” And I’m confident that the Korean market will eventually open in the coming months,” he said during the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force’s final activity on the island Thursday evening.

The governor stated that research on the island’s new carrying capacity is required.

According to the Malay-Boracay Tourism Office’s Facebook page, there were 201, 368 island visitors from May 1 to 31, with 193, 298 being domestic tourists.

Locals accounted for 92,100 of the 186,751 tourist arrivals in April.

Tourist arrivals in March totaled 150,597, with 146,440 domestic visitors.

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