Mayors bullish on Bohol progress after new airport opens

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Mayors bullish on Bohol progress after new airport opens

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NEDA Director General Ernesto Pernia was on an on-site visit with Gov. Edgar Chatto and Chiyoda Mitsubishi Joint Ventures project director Togashi-san of Japan Airport Consultants early this year. (FILE PHOTO)

Several mayors from across Bohol have expressed optimism on the future progress of the province’s business sector which they foresee to be heavily bolstered by the opening of the New Bohol Airport in June next year.

This was after Gov. Edgar Chatto reported to the province’s local chief executives developments in the construction of the airport during the closing ceremony of the two-day local governance seminar yesterday.

According to Engr. Edgardo Manalili, Department of Transportation project director of the airport, the opening of the facility will not only positively impact Tagbilaran City, but also towns in the province particularly businesses.

“In June 2018, you will have a sunrise to sunset airport, and in January 2019, it will be a 24-hour airport,” Mangalili said.

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Earlier, Mangalili debunked reports indicating that the opening of the airport in the tourist island of Panglao has been delayed.

Officials of the Japanese Airport Consultants (JAC) and Chiyoda-Mitsubishi Joint Venture (CMJV) had assured that they are moving “double time” to finish the project on time.

Meanwhile, the Tagbilaran City Airport will start to cater to international flights this month.

The Philippine Airlines in May told media in a conference that it will be having daily direct flights from Incheon, Seoul Korea to Tagbilaran City on June 22.

The media launch was held at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao where PAL’s senior vice president for corporate communications Atty. Siegfred Mison officially announced the maiden flight.

The direct flight from South Korea to Tagbilaran City is a “breakthrough” considering that Bohol’s capital is just one of a few cities in the country which has opened a direct flight abroad. (RT)

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