BORONGAN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has approved chartered flights to Borongan City via the Leading Edge Air Services Corporation (LEASCOR).
Capt. Geoffrey Alcano, CAAP leader, informed the media in a press conference that they have certified the capability of the airline company in flying to Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
“CAAP normally requires 100 flying hours for an airline company to be eligible to offer flights to some destinations, but CAAP now approves flights to Borongan via LEASCOR at least twice a week,” said Alcano.
“We are here to certify that LEASCOR airline is a safe airline and is capable of operating in this area,” added the CAAP chief.
LEASCOR, a subsidiary of Access Credits Cooperative Development Incorporated (ACDI), proposes chartered flights to Borongan from Clark, Pampanga, and from Cebu to Borongan and vice versa.
These flights are somewhat different from the commercial airlines flights as the association of travel and tours arranges the flights, he added.
Meanwhile, CAAP MGen. Rolando Capacia said fares could even be lower than the commercial flights.
Capacia said the airline company is offering flights to areas that are “off the beaten tracks” like Borongan.
He said that popular places in the Philippines have commercial flights to turn to.
The nearest commercial flights available for tourists and Eastern Samar travelers is in Tacloban City, some 200 kms southwest of Borongan, van travel can run from 3 to 4 hours.
He added that many tourists may want to visit the unexplored sites in the Eastern Samar area, like the Korean and Chinese tourists in Cebu, who may want to extend their adventure to the east, thus the flights are available
Capt. Edgar Abaday of the ACDI said that they have done their best to effect the flights, he then challenged the local government to do its ‘homework’ like clearing the runway with the tall coconuts, provision of a central tower, fire truck and runway markings to ensure that the airline can land and take off safely.
Eastern Samar Governor Marcelo Picardal who welcomed the group, assured them that by Monday, he will immediately order to begin the needed construction of the required facilities.
The governor believes that the airline will be instrumental in hauling off tourists to this Pacific Island Paradise they call Eastern Samar and tourists will eventually stir economic activities in the ‘off the beaten track’ area.
With this new development, Eastern Samar is beefing up its tourists destinations like Calicoan Island, Guiuan; Canhugas Natural Park in Hernani town, Monbon and Ando Islands in Borongan and several caves and waterfalls in the more inland towns.
Eastern Samar boosts of pristine white beaches facing the blue Pacific Ocean. (NBQ/PIA 8-E. Samar)
Source: PIA Feed