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PAL, Cebu Pac, and AirAsia Move from Tagbilaran to Bohol Panglao Airport

Effective November 28, the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport will slow begin replacing Tagbilaran Airport as the new gateway to Bohol.

A number of the country’s top airlines will be shifting their operations from the latter to the former so that they can better serve an estimated two million travelers annually.

Bohol Panglao International Airport
Image Credit: Arianne Merez via ABS-CBN News

With that being said, if you are flying Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, or Philippine Airlines, then take note of the following:

1. Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific was the first to operate a commercial flight (with passengers) in and out of Panglao today – flight 5J 619 landed at the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport at 7:30 am.

On the other hand, flight 5J 620 bound for Manila, departed Bohol at around 8:00 am.

Although operations have been moved, there will be no changes in flight schedules.

2. AirAsia

Like Cebu Pacific, flight schedules for AirAsia will not be affected by the transfer of operations. However, passengers with flights to and from Tagbilaran Airport are advised to check in via their website or mobile app, have their boarding passes ready, and to be at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled flight.

3. Philippine Airlines

Flights from the carrier will no longer be departing or landing at Tagbilaran and will also be transferring to the new eco-airport. The following PAL flights will be among the first that will be affected by this transition:

Leaving Bohol:

PR 2774 to Manila
PR 2778 to Manila
PR 2872 to Clark
PR 2373 to Davao
PR 1482 (2P 1482) to Seoul Incheon

Arriving in Bohol:

PR 2773 from Manila
PR 2777 from Manila
PR 2871 from Clark
PR 2372 from Davao
PR 1483 (2P 1483) from Seoul Incheon

PAL’s ticket office at Tagbilaran Airport will still be operational until December 15, 2018.

Note that there are PAL check-in counters that can issue tickets at the new airport. The airline’s ticket office at the new location will soon be completed, too.

Important Reminders

If you are affected by the movement, take note of the following pointers:

  • Panglao Airport is approximately a 40-minute drive away from Tagbilaran City. Adjust pickup and transport arrangements as needed; it pays to come in way early than late.
  • The new airport will still use the IATA code designator “TAG.” This means that passengers don’t have to re-issue or re-route tickets for flights going in or out TAG.

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