Sunday, 21 February 2010

Launching of the Proposed Aeronautical Highway of Northern Luzon
February 19, 2010 11:24 pm

BINALONAN, Pangasinan, Feb. 19 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo introduced here today the Aeronautical Highway of Northern Luzon project which will link air services from Binalonan Airfield to under-serviced airports in Northern Luzon such as the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan and Batanes.

As planned, the Binalonan airport will be a hub for small aircrafts and for an “aeronautical” highway that will speed up movements of people and products in the region. The 800-meter airport will also be an alternate route for small airplanes in case Baguio City becomes inaccessible to air travel.

In a speech, the President said the Aeronautical Highway of Northern Luzon is part of her “super regions” development strategy to spread development to the countryside.

In partnership with privately-owned WCC Aviation Co., managers of the Binaloan Airfield started six months ago the “Sky Pasada”, routes as Maconacon-Tuguegarao, Maconacon-Cauayan, Cauayan-Palanan, Tuguegarao-Batanes and Laoag-Batanes.

Fare for the 19-seater plane costs P1,800 while going to Batanes costs P4,000.

Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico Jr. said Sky Pasada air service cuts the travel time between Cauayan and Palanan, which is 16 hours by land, to only some 20 minutes.

Vice Mayor Ramon Guico III, an active pilot and founding chairman of WCC, said the Sky Pasada will also open more tourist destinations in northern Luzon with the planned opening of flights to Bagabag, Baguio, Baler, Casiguran, and even Caticlan. (PNA)


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