Tuesday, 22 September 2009

International flights soon at the new Iloilo airport


ILOILO CITY — Two commercial airlines plan to launch international flights from the new Iloilo airport, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Transportation Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza announced the plan during the ground-breaking of the P124-million secondary access road to the new airport in Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara area last week. "The Iloilo Airport is now complete. Darating na ang international flights [There will be international flights soon]."

He said Cebu Pacific plans to launch its Iloilo-Hong Kong flights while Korean Airlines will mount the South Korea-Iloilo service. The new airport can accommodate aircraft as large as the Airbus A330.

Mr. Mendoza said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the establishment of an international desk that will be manned by Customs, Immigration and quarantine inspectors.

The Regional Project Monitoring Committee of the Regional Development Council for Western Visayas has said the Iloilo airport can generate P280,000 from terminal fee collections daily from international flights.

The airport currently serves 16 outgoing domestic flights daily, with an average volume of 90 passengers per flight.

Two Western Visayas airports already accommodate international flights, namely: Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and the Kalibo International Airport. — FALA

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