El Nido and Boracay are now connected through a 45-minute flight via AirSwift.

AirSwift made its maiden flight on March 17 from Lio Airport in El Nido, Palawan. Carrying a cabin-full of mostly foreign tourists and inaugural guests, it was welcomed at Godofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan with a water canon salute, reported by Rappler.

We are small, AirSwift General Manager Alfonso Javier Reyes said but we try so hard to make our beautiful holiday destinations closer, one island at a time.

Commercial flights are officially set to start on March 19 with an introductory round-trip airfare of P6,000.

This price, which is not inclusive of terminal fee, is offered until further notice. It will fly 4 times a week, every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Bookings are available at www.air-swift.com. -KCO