Domogan remains hopeful for Baguio-Manila flight
February 27, 2013 11:12 pm
BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 27 — City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said Wednesday the city remains hopeful for an investor who would provide air transportation from the city toward various destinations in Luzon.
He said during the "Kapehan sa Baguio" that the need surfaced in the recent street dancing and floral float parade as part of the ongoing "Panagbenga" flower festival when many visitors inquired about air transportation in going to this city.
Thousands of foreign and local visitors arrived here for the Panagbenga and many expressed willingness to take air transportation for either reaching or departing from Baguio.
Prior to year 2000, the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) had regular flights servicing the Baguio-Manila routes. For still undisclosed reasons, the PAL ceased its flights here and has not resumed to this day.
Many small air companies tried to include Baguio in their destinations but their operations did not last long.
Manila is just more than an-hour flight from here, the Loakan Airport being some 240 kilometers north.
"As far as the city government is concerned, we have been doing our role to restore the operations of the Loakan Airport. These include our successful efforts in stopping the airport's closure, and further working for the airport's improvement," he said.
"We will resume our representations with airlines companies in order to convince them that the flights to and from this city through the Loakan Airport is a viable venture," Domogan added. (PNA)