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Sipalay airport seen to boost tourism in southern Negros

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The opening of the airport in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental is seen to boost economic and tourism development in the province.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. led the inauguration and blessing of the airport Wednesday, coinciding with the inaugural Sipalay-Cebu flight of Air Juan Aviation Inc.

The flight transported city councilors who attended the Philippine Councilors League assembly in Cebu.

Air Juan Aviation Inc., who was represented by president John Anthony Gutierrez during the opening rites, will have four flights weekly with nine passengers in every flight.

Marañon said the airport would be a big boost to the tourism industry of Sipalay and its neighboring localities.

“The airport will play a vital role in the economic development not only of Sipalay but of the whole southern Negros,” he added.

For his part, Montilla said the airport will bring in more tourists and investors, and will put Sipalay and southern Negros on the tourism map.

“The airport will spur more developments in the city like the establishment of more resorts and accommodation facilities. We need to enhance and maximize the tourism potentials of Sipalay,” the mayor said. BACOLOD CITY, Aug. 3 — The opening of the airport in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental is seen to boost development, particularly in the tourism sector, in the southern part of the province.

Sipalay, situated about 170 kilometers south of Bacolod, is known for its beaches and dive sites, attracting foreign tourists, including Europeans.

Sipalay, situated about 170 kilometers south of Bacolod, is known for its beaches and dive sites, attracting foreign tourists, including Europeans.

Air Juan has two flights between Sipalay and Cebu every Wednesday and Sunday, and two others during Monday and Thursday between Sipalay and Iloilo.(PNA)