BORACAY ISLAND – Mabuhay Maritime Express (MME), a subsidiary of Philippine Airlines, is introducing a new breakthrough – the country’s first and most convenient air-to-sea transport connection in Aklan and Boracay Island.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, here, Philippine Airlines president and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista said the port terminal in Barangay Pook in Kalibo, Aklan is envisioned to showcase fast transportation, premium ferry service and convenience for people travelling to Boracay Island via Kalibo International Airport.
Two modern vessels – MV Magalang and MV Malambing with regular, premium and first class cabin sections will carry around 400 passengers each trip in one hour and 30 minutes travel to Kalibo and Cagban jetty port in Boracay vice versa. It will operate daily for an initial six round trips.
When completed, the 2,600 square meter private MME terminal will operate like a modern airport terminal with well-equipped arrival and check-in areas.
Bautista said MME also offers free shuttle services from Kalibo airport to Pook terminal for Boracay bound passengers even those flying from other airlines.
After the terminal blessing on Sunday, MV Magalang Express made its maiden voyage from Kalibo to Boracay with 216 tourists from South Korea, guests and execs of MME and PAL.
“We have high hopes the operations of Maritime Mabuhay Express will benefit the local economy. We are faithful partners in progress and development, and together we serve the interests of Kalibonhons and Aklanons,” Bautista stressed.
Bautista also lauded local officials of Aklan and Kalibo for their strong support and effective collaboration to the first project of Mabuhay Maritime Express and Philippine Airlines, and for helping in making the ventures possible.
The formal blessing of MME’s spanking Kalibo terminal was officiated by Fr. Jose Tudd Belandres with Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores, Vice Governor Reynaldo Quimpo and Kalibo mayor William Lachica in attendance. (Akean Forum/PN)