Airport opening boosts Antique’s economy

SAN JOSE, Antique -- The opening of the Evelio B. Javier Airport here is expected to serve as a dynamo to help accelerate economic development of Antique province.

The airport received the Philippine Airlines (PAL) 86-seater Bombardier Next Generation aircraft December 16 as its inaugural flight from Clark International Airport. It touched down at around 7:26 a.m. where a ceremonial program was conducted.

Tourists arrival, cargo shipments, among others will keep the economy humming in Antique according to Jose Enrique L. Perez de Tagle, Vice President for Corporate Communications of PAL during the program where he hopes to welcome more tourists to come and visit Antique’s wonderful attractions.

Perez de Tagle said that Bombardier is the fastest and most comfortable turbo aircraft in the entire Philippine domestic aviation network.

He said PAL operation in Antique is considered their homecoming because PAL used to fly in San Jose in the 1960’s and 1970’s for both Manila and Iloilo.

Gov. Rhodora C. Cadiao and Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado both emphasized the importance of the air transport industry for the development of the province.

The governor read the message of Senator Loren Legarda during the program who was instrumental in the rehabilitation of the airport.

“As we welcome the inaugural flight of the PAL, I can proudly say that Antique’s progress  is unstoppable. PAL’s direct flight to Antique will spur local economy as it will boost trade and tourism," Sen. Legarda said in her message.

Department of Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, for her part, said that the teachers and other officials will benefit from the opening of the airport because it will provide them the opportunity to reduce travel costs and travel time to Manila to attend seminars.

San Jose Mayor Elmer C. Untaran considered the event a historic moment not only in San Jose but for the province of Antique.

“PAL’s operation for San Jose being the capital town of the province will spur economic development,” Untaran said as he emphasized that he will meet with travel agencies to discuss programs that will help sustain the PAL operations in the province.

Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade was represented by Usec Antonio Tamayo. (JBG/VWV/PIA Antique)

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