Much about tourism-related discussions in Palau had been brought up recently not only in the country but in the international scene as well fueled by the announcements of suspension of flights, one of which was deemed controversial, by carriers this year.
To give readers an overview of Palau’s tourism performance, Island Times presents here the current air carriers that fly to Palau and the number of tourists they carry based on the statistics provided by the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) for July.
Delta Airlines is already out of the picture since its official closure of operations in Palau last May 6 while Palau Pacific Airways (PPA) had also already announced stopping its flights by the end of August.
The statistics furnished by PVA to the media showed that a total of 9,009 tourists had visited Palau in the month of July.
The month that records the lowest number of tourists this year in the last seven months was May with only 7,651 tourists.
Below is the list of airlines:
Asiana Airlines carried a total of 1,222 passengers to Palau from Incheon International Airport in South Korea for the month of July. It is one of the two major airlines in South Korea along with Korean Air.
China Airlines brought in a total of 1,781 passengers from Taiwan last month. It is the Republic of Taiwan’s largest airline and flag carrier that is headquartered in Taoyuan International Airport.
United Airlines, Inc. also called as United had brought in a total of 1,526 passengers from the Philippines. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and is among the largest airlines in the world in terms of revenue.
A total of 771 tourists had visited Palau last month via Korean Airlines from Incheon International Airport. It is South Korea’s largest airline and flag carrier in terms of fleet size, international destinations and flights.
AirExplore (Aka Palau Pacific Airways)
AirExplore is a Slovak charter airline that is based in Bratislava Airport in Slovakia. It has six aircraft that is leased to airlines in different parts the world, including one in Palau called the Palau Pacific Airways (PPA) operated by the Sea Passion Group. Last month, it carried 1,839 tourists from Hong Kong to Palau.
Also known as as Nikkō (日航), Japan Airlines is flag carrier of Japan that is headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo. Last month, it carried a total of 223 passengers from Japan.
Lanmei Airlines is a low-cost Airline owned by a Chinese entity and registered in Cambodia. It brought 1,598 tourists from Hong Kong last month.
The rest of the tourists flew to Palau via private planes and also through an airline listed on PVA’s data as Carolinas. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)