Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas wants airline companies to resume direct flights from Iloilo to Singapore and Hong Kong and vice versa at the Iloilo International Airport.
“Many of our kababayans working in Singapore and Hong Kong are asking me to lobby for the return of these flights,” Treñas said in a statement.
The city mayor will also request additional flights to and from Iloilo to help reduce the “very expensive” plane fare. (https://tinyurl.com/5d2nr5fj)
“I will be writing the airlines to add more flights to and from Iloilo. The airplane fares have become very expensive. We need more flights to and from Iloilo to lower the plane fares and make them more affordable to everyone,” he added.
Last March, Treñas wrote to Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, and Cebu Pacific in March asking them to increase the number of international and domestic flights to and from the Iloilo Airport.
More flights will benefit travelers, boost the tourism industry, and contribute to the local community’s prosperity, he explained.
The Iloilo airport caters to 39 commercial flights daily (19 arrivals and 19 departures) from Iloilo to Metro Manila and vice versa on a regular basis, according to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Iloilo terminal supervisor Arthur Parreño.
It also serves commercial flights with routes Iloilo-General Santos and vice versa, Iloilo-Davao and vice versa, and Iloilo-Cebu and vice versa, but intermittently, or every Tuesday and Thursday, or Monday-Wednesday and Friday only.