TACLOBAN CITY-After a long wait, the commercial airport of Borongan City in Eastern Samar is now ready to accept flights mainly from Manila.
This was announced by Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda on Tuesday (Oct.11) in a press conference who added that the opening of the city’s airport will complement with the arrival of the five buses earlier procured by the city government as this will serve as free transport for tourists who will visit the Eastern Samar provincial capital and its nearby municipalities.
Agda said that the city government will formally sign an agreement with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) on October 25 which will pave the way for the country’s flag carrier to use the Borongan Airport located in Barangay Punta Maria, about 12 kms away from the city proper.
The city mayor said that the maiden flight of PAL to Borongan will take place on November 25.
Initially, the Manila-Borongan flight will take place twice a week or every Monday and Friday with the PAL providing an 86- seat plane.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), it was learned, will provide the X-ray machine and generator set at the airport’s terminal building.
“Let’s patronize, support, and encouraged our people to use our Borongan airport. Let us not squander this opportunity,” Mayor Agda.
Agda said that the operations of the Borongan Airport will open economic opportunities to the city.
At present, clients from Borongan and the rest of Eastern Samar have to endure a five-hour land travel to Tacloban City for their air travel.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)