Pioneering domestic airline Air Juan has announced the launch of a new Cebu to Catbalogan service this month.
City officials in Catbalogan hope the launch of the nine-seater service will boost the city’s tourism industry and help its economy.
Tourism officer Ador Hurtado said the airline would offer two flights a week, on Saturdays and Mondays.
If there are still vacant seats, the Air Juan Catbalogan-Cebu flight would make a stop at Biliran to pick up more passengers, he added.
A Cebu-Biliran-Catbalogan flight will take about two hours, while a direct flight from Cebu to Catbalogan will only take 50 minutes.
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan welcomed the development after years of convincing airline firms to launch flights to the city, the capital of Samar province.
“They say it was impossible. But in God’s time, everything is possible. Finally, Air Juan will now fly to Catbalogan!” Uy-Tan said in a text message.
“I urge the people of Catbalogan to support this opportunity that we have long been dreaming to happen,” she added.
By making the airport operational, the local government expects to bring in not just more tourists, but more investments geared towards socioeconomic and sustainable development.
The city’s airport on Buri Island is now ready to recieve light aircraft and will expand its runway next year for bigger planes.
Air Juan, a pioneering aviation company, provides fast and hassle-free air transport services to some of the country’s most beautiful and less-chartered destinations like Baler, Balesin, Boracay Island, Busuanga, Coron, Cuyo, Mamburao, Marinduque, Puerto Galera and Subic.
With the new route, Air Juan now services three areas in the region, including the Cebu-Maasin and Cebu-Naval routes.
As we reported in January, the company has also become the first commercial seaplane operator in the Philippines. Routes from Cebu include Malapascua Island, Sumilon Island, Kalanggaman Island, Gigantes, Lakawon, Camotes, Panglao and Anda in Bohol. Further routes are expected to be added in the future.