Iloilo sees economic prospects with direct flights to China, South Korea next year

February 25, 2015 6:03 am 

ILOILO CITY, Feb 24 — Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog sees a lot of economic opportunities with the planned opening of direct flights from Iloilo City to china and South Korea next year.

“I am excited by the prospect that these new ventures will bring for Iloilo City – a more vibrant tourism industry will mean more interests for the city that will bring about investments and jobs for the Ilonggos,” he said.

The proposed flight of Air Asia from the Iloilo Airport to Xiamen, china and to Incheon, South Korea was announced by the city mayor during the recently concluded Chinese New Year celebration.

Xiamen, famous for its breath-taking seascape, is a tourist city of Fujian province in China; likewise, Incheon is a top tourist drawer and second biggest port city in Korea.

Mabilog, thrilled with the development, said a big number of Filipino-Chinese in Iloilo City have roots from Xiamen so opening a direct flight would then give them a chance to visit their homeland.

Meanwhile, Korean journalism student Lee Seok Hyung, who arrived in Iloilo City this month for her internship, said the direct flight between Iloilo and Incheon will lessen the travel time and expenses as well.

Another student, Lee Eun Soon, said the direct flight will save them money and time and also provide them more comfortable travel.

Along with a group of students from Sun Moon University, they traveled a total of at least eight hours just to get to Iloilo City.

As only Kalibo International Airport caters to a direct flight from Seoul, it took them some three hours to get to Aklan.

From Kalibo to Iloilo by van took them at least five hours.

The proposed direct flight from Incheon to Iloilo will reduce travel time by half, according to Seok Hyung, as Seoul to Incheon is an hour’s travel by subway; flight from Incheon to Iloilo will take at least three hours. (PNA)

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