Tigerair flies Manila—Legazpi route starting March 29

March 17, 2015 2:20 am 

By Danny O. Calleja

LEGAZPI CITY, March 16 (PNA) — Low-budget leisure travel carrier Tigerair Philippines will start flying the Manila-Legazpi route on March 29, its management has announced.

“We are happy to announce our new flights to one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines – Legazpi. We look forward to offering low fares to even more destinations,” Leilani de Leon, the company’s legal and corporate affairs chief, said in a statement reaching here over the weekend.

De Leon said the airline company will use any of its fleet of four Airbus A320 aircraft in flying this new route that will make a total of 14 the destinations it serves: Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Cebu, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Roxas, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, and Hong Kong.

Tigerair Philippines, formerly known as SEAir and South East Asian Airlines, is a low-cost airline headquartered in Manila and a franchise and subsidiary of JG Summit, the parent company of Cebu Pacific which operates the airline.

This Tigerair flight will bring to at least five the total number of flights serving the Manila-Legazpi route daily; the others are being made by Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific and Zest Air.

Cebu Pacific also maintains a four-flight weekly schedule between the Legazpi-Cebu route.

“Tigerair is very much welcome as it is a response to the need for more carriers serving the growing number of tourist and visitors coming to our city,” City Mayor Noel Rosal on Sunday told the Philippine News Agency here.

The city, he said, has been fast emerging as among the favorite travel destinations and venue of big national and international gatherings like conventions, meetings, conferences, sport events and tours making wise the decision of Tigerair management to fly the route.

While the city has been playing host to big occasions, the local government, at the same time caters to an influx of investments and massive urban development that continuously attract travelers, the mayor said.

After playing host to 17 grand gatherings during the first 10 weeks of this year, 14 more and still counting, so far have been set to take place here until the last week of November.

These already listed occasions expected to bring in tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country and abroad, come as the city guns for a slot in the five top convention destinations—at least in Luzon by 2020.

The biggest of these gatherings would be the 99th Annual Communication (ANCOM) of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the Philippines which will be on April 23-16 at the city government-owned Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR).

It is expected to be attended by more than 6,000 delegates from the hundreds of Masonic Lodges in the country and abroad.

“Our quest for preference as venue of big national and international gatherings is anchored on our being highly capable now of hosting and properly handling friendly visitors from any part of the world,” Rosal said.

The city is also eyeing this year a slot in the country’s top 10 best tourist destinations where it placed 14th in 2013 for achieving an impressive tourism industry growth represented by the listed 579,470 domestic and foreign tourist arrivals, which was higher by 32.27-percent rate from the previous year counted at only 141,370.

After surpassing that half-million tourism arrival mark, the city government improved further its tourism performance by hitting the 700,000 count last year for an industry growth rate of at least 25 percent which perhaps would be good enough for the city to capture one of the top slots in the country’s best tourist destinations.

“Our daily arrivals either via the average five daily commercial flights from Manila and Cebu or land trips coming from Metro Manila and several other origins in Luzon and the Visayas islands are the biggest contributors to our tourist arrivals, averaging around 1,500 daily,” he noted.

The city has indeed become a favorite destination not only because of the majestic Mt. Mayon, the world’s most perfect coned volcano, but also of the picturesque Albay Gulf with its aquamarine waters kissing the clean black volcanic sand beaches, the Legazpi Boulevard, Ligñon Hill, Kapuntukan Hill and lava front ATV (all-terrain vehicle)-driving terrain near the volcano’s foot, among other places to boast.

Legazpi’s unique culture, cuisine, natural wonders including Legazpeños’ resilience developed with their ability to endure natural calamities and disasters are endearing factors that also attract tourists and visitors, the mayor said.

Tourism facilities like hotels, dining places, recreational sites, convention sites, shopping and transportation hubs also offer no problem as since the past 10 years, such amenities have been sprouting like mushrooms around the city and ready to take in all visitors on any given time.

“Our city is one of the country’s top tourism destinations that is why we are making every inch of our development focused on tourism as a primary strategy in our pursuit for inclusive and horizontal growth,” he said.

This growth benefits not only big investors such as hotel and resort owners and operators but also the people in the countryside where most of tourist destinations are located by providing more opportunities for employment and business ventures, he added. (PNA)

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