We were recently sent an announcement by Air Juan regarding its daily seaplane flights to four top Philippine tourist destinations, namely Boracay, Coron, Puerto Galera, and Subic, from its dock at the Manila Harbor. To service these routes, the company is operating its new fleet of nine-seater Cessna Caravan Amphibian that can land and take-off on airport terrain and on water.
What makes Air Juan’s flights to Coron and Boracay unique from other scheduled airlines is that it lands near or directly to resorts. In Coron, its flights land at Two Seasons Coron, Busuanga Bay Lodge, Huma Island, and El Rio y Mar, while in Boracay, its flights land off Diniwid Beach.
Air Juan also links Manila with Puerto Galera and Subic, which no other airline does on a scheduled basis. These destinations can now be accessed in 30 and 20 minutes, respectively, cutting usual travel times substantially.
And with Air Juan’s dock side check-in, passengers need only to show up 30 minutes ahead of departure, cutting total travel times even further.
We did mock bookings on the airline’s website at www.airjuan.com and found that a one-way flight to Puerto Galera costs 5,500 PHP, Subic 4,500 PHP, Boracay 12,000 PHP, and Coron 11,500 PHP. Clearly, these are premium prices, but with their aircrafts’ capacity being only nine passengers, the experience would surely be like a private flight.
Aside from these scheduled services, Air Juan offers private charter flights on its seaplanes, propeller planes, and helicopters to most island destinations in the country.