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Zest Air expands travel opportunities in Panay Island

PIA Press Release
2009/03/02

Zest Air expands travel opportunities in Panay Island

Iloilo City (2 March) -- Zest Air will expand its operations to include the island of Panay in its route starting March 16, 2009.

In an interview with Philippine Information Agency, Iloilo Airport (IA) Acting Airport Area Manager Efren Nagrama said the company is set to deploy an Air Bus 320 to service a daily flight from Manila to Iloilo.

Nagrama said with the addition of Zest Air there will be now four commercial airline companies that will service domestic flights in the Iloilo Airport. The other three airline companies are Philippine Air Lines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific Air.

The Iloilo Airport serves as a gateway for air travelers to Iloilo, Guimaras, Antique, parts of Capiz and the province of Aklan where Boracay, the country's top beach destination, is located.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated herself the P8.759 billion Iloilo Airport located at Cabatuan, Iloilo, last June 14, 2007 as one of her major economic and tourism infrastructures in this part of the country.

It will be recalled that Western Visayas along with Bicol, Eastern, and Central Visayas, Mindoro Palawan,Romblon, Camiguin and Siargao comprised the Central Philippines which was designated as the centerpiece tourism development in the country.

The record of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines based at IA indicated that in 2008 alone, more than one million passengers were flown in and out by Philippines Air Lines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific Air out of the 9,357 flights during the period.

With the operation of Zest Air, Nagrama said, more business, economic and tourism opportunities will be opened to the region.

"This expansion in our domestic flights also means heightened accessibility to our visitors who may do business or go to the different tourist destinations in Panay Island," says Nagrama. (PIA)

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