AirSWIFT launched flights between El Nido and Bohol-Panglao on 25 March, with the regional operator planning to serve the 515-kilometre domestic route four times weekly using its fleet of ATR 72-600s. Cutting the route launch cake at Bohol-Panglao Airport at the inaugural flight ceremony was Alfonso Javier Reyes, President & CEO, AirSWIFT.
- AirSWIFT launched a domestic link between El Nido (ENI) and Bohol-Panglao (TAG) on 25 March. The Philippine regional airline will operate the 515-kilometre route four times weekly using its fleet of ATR 72-600s, with the airline planning to fly the airport pair on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No other carrier presently operates between the two airports. When referencing the Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation Civil Aeronautics Board, AirSWIFT transported 269,511 scheduled passengers in 2018, up from 179,337 in 2017. This means that the carrier’s scheduled traffic grew by 50% last year. The same source indicates that over 27.28 million passengers flew on domestic routes in the Philippines during 2018, with AirSWIFT catering for 0.99% of the market. Cebu Pacific Air is the largest airline in the nation’s domestic market, with it accounting for 51% of intra-Philippine passengers in 2018 (including CebGo services), with Philippine Airlines (including PAL Express) accounting for 30% of traffic. Philippines AirAsia is the third largest airline in the domestic market, as measured by passengers carried, with it accounting for 17% of all traffic in 2018, while AirSWIFT is the fourth biggest operator and SkyJet Airlines fifth.