Flying Seair to El Nido, Palawan

Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) is only one of two commercial airlines that fly to El Nido. The unpaved runway of El Nido Airport limits the types of aircraft that can land there. Currently only Seair’s 19-seater Let-410, Island Transvoyager Inc’s (ITI) 19-seater Dornier 228 and the service helicopter of the Malampaya crew land and take off from their airport.

Seair LET-410 landing in El Nido airport
Seair’s Let-410 landing at El Nido airport

Most of you would probably balking at the thought of riding such a small plane. I’ve ridden on Seair’s Let-410 several times and hey, I’m still alive :P Riding on a small airplane isn’t so bad, really. During the first few times I’ve ridden the Let-410, I get terrible ear pressure problems. However, once I’ve gotten the hang of dealing with my ear pressure problems (decongest before your flight!), flying has been pain-free.

The beauty of flying on a small aircraft is its ability to land on small airports not usually served by larger planes. El Nido is one of the destinations not commonly found in other airline’s route map. Flying into El Nido is the easiest and fastest way to get to the gorgeous beaches. Flying time from Manila is only 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Seair Let-410 in El Nido
DG0466 now boarding for Manila

Currently Seair is offering twice a week flights to El Nido. Come April 14, flights will be every Wednesday, Sunday and Monday. This schedule will only be until June 30, 2010.

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To purchase tickets to El Nido visit or call (+632) 8490100. For packages call SEAIR Leisure Escape Packages at (+632) 8437308.

Seair is celebrating its 15th year of service with a Lean Season promo! Boracay one-way tickets can be purchased for as low as PhP 1,235 ++ per way and Batanes one-way tickets for as low as PhP 2835 ++ per way for travel from June 16- October 15, 2010. The selling period is up to May 15, 2010 but the promo is for limited seats, so interested holiday makers are advised to book early to get a better chance of availing the special rates.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 5 Comments
  1. What’s something I won’t forget with a Let-410 is getting weighed along with my small backpack at check-in counter before boarding the aircraft. Nakakailang ano?

  2. nina says:

    Haha, yes! Ayan lang talaga ang ayoko sa LET-410!

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