FLIGHTS BETWEEN Xiamen, China and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan will be launched on Feb. 10, the Department of Tourism (DoT) announced yesterday. The new route is handled by C&D Travel Service China, a charter operator based in Xiamen, with Philippine Airlines (PAL) as partner carrier. DoT said regular operations are scheduled on Feb. 14 and 18. “Just for starters, the new route will produce a total of 480 international air seats just for that period alone,” DoT Undersecretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr. said in a statement. Mr. Bengzon said the DoT’s Route Development Team is also working on launching Tiajin-Puerto Princesa flights “in time for the Chinese New Year.” Earlier this month, Xiamen Airlines also started its thrice-a-week flights between Fuzhou and Kalibo, Aklan, one of the gateways to popular tourist destination Boracay.