Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu Flights Likely


KOTA KINABALU -- The Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) now flies the Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu route twice a week, promising a more upbeat outlook in tourism in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

A statement issued by the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) said the Philippines domestic carrier, which made its inaugural Puerto Princesa-Kota Kinabalu flight in November last year with a 32-seater Dornier 328 aircraft, will have flights from Puerto Princesa to Kota Kinabalu every Tuesday and Friday, from the initial once-a-week schedule.

Puerto Princesa City Tourism Council (CTC) president Felisa Torres said the route should be promoted intensively and marketed competitively for it to be sustained.

Torres had earlier said in an article this is a welcome development that will help boost the local economy.

SEAir president Avelino Zapanta had said in an article the airline will look into increasing flight frequency on the route to twice weekly in January depending on the response.

Meanwhile, their tourism counterpart in Sabah also showed the same enthusiasm, citing a slight tourist increase from the Philippines to Sabah during the first semester last year.

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