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New airport mulled in Iloilo

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Passi City, a component city of the Iloilo province, is planning to establish an airport to boost economic growth in the region, Mayor Stephen Palmares said.

Palmares said there is still a need to establish an airport in central Panay despite having Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo province; Roxas Airport in Capiz province; and Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province.

“It will create an economic boost not only here in Passi City but of the whole central Panay. Generally, when goods arrive here from other areas, it will jive in our plan to put up an economic zone. Also, when we have the airport, we can easily export our goods from the economic zone of Passi,” he added.

According to him, the airport is an “ideal means” to facilitate the transport of goods, noting that Passi is located far from seaports.

“We are thinking of ways on how to improve our area and one way of improving it is to create a channel to hasten the export of goods. We want our area to be ready for development that will come in the near future,” said Palmares.

He added that the proposal to build an airport was already forwarded to the Regional Development Council.