Cebu Pacific mulls flights to Southern Leyte

November 19, 2015 11:41 am 

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Nov. 18 — Cebu Pacific Air thru its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo, Inc. has expressed intention to operate flights from Manila to this city and vice versa in 2017, using turbo propeller aircraft.

Cebgo asked the provincial government to provide the necessary safety measures enumerated by the Cebu Pacific Air in their letter of intent prior to opening the new route.

The pronouncement is in response to the invitation of Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado to serve the new route, given the ongoing improvement of the city’s airport in Panan-awan village.

It can be recalled that on September 2014, members of the Cebu Pacific Safety and Technical Team conducted an inspection and survey, mentioning several safety concerns that the Maasin Airport should provide and accomplish for better operation and flight of Cebu Pacific aircrafts.

The nine safety measures are – provision of a category five rescue and fire fighting service, immediate completion of the airport terminal building, provision of an air traffic service, repainting of runway and taxi edge lines.

Other requirements are establishment of aircraft parking stands at the airport apron, trimming or removal of noted vegetation growth particularly at the approach of runway, upgrading of the airport perimeter fence, updating the airport data, and lengthening of the airport runway.

The Cebu Pacific Air also informed that the bulk of their new aircraft will be arriving late 2017 in line with their fleet expansion plans.

Cebgo President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ivan Shau is hopeful that by the second or third quarter of 2017, safety measures and concerns for Manila-Maasin flights are already put in place and certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Cebgo is a low-cost airline serving the country. It is the successor company to SEAir and South East Asian Airlines and then Tigerair Philippines. It is owned by JG Summit, the parent company of Cebu Pacific, which operates the airline.

Earlier, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. sent a letter of Southern Leyte provincial administrator Jesse Quilantang, presenting the proposed completion of Maasin Airport for appropriate action to Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, chair of the Senate Committee on trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship.

Belmonte is positive that Aquino will also take appropriate action for the materialization of Quilantang’s request on behalf of the provincial government regarding the proposed completion of the new airport, which is temporarily use by pilot students from Cebu Flight School. (PNA)



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