Pretty soon, tourists traveling to and from Cebu may find themselves using a different form of transportation: seaplanes.
The news comes from a Facebook post by Cebu City mayor Tommy Osmeña. In it, he shares that he has been talking with an investor about establishing the country’s first multi-route seaplane airline in Cebu. According to Osmeña, dry runs are now being conducted, with the first route from Cebu’s South Road Properties directly to Lakawon Island in Negros.
Osmeña trumpeted the benefits of the seaplane line, saying that it would boost domestic and international tourism “greatly”.
He writes ”we have almost 10 direct flights every day from Korea alone; if potential tourists realize that you can fly directly from Cebu to the very beach of the resort you’re staying in, many more will come”.
Aside from boosting tourism, Osmeña believes the new seaplane will “decongest our urban centers, encourage development outside, and boost our economy with the infusion of foreign currency”.
Local airlines seem to feel the same way about Cebu as they have opened new routes in the past few months.
Philippine Airlines flies from Cebu to GenSan at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 12:50 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. From GenSan, it flies back to Cebu daily. Other new routes include Cebu- Puerto Princesa, Cebu- Coron, Cebu- Surigao, and Cebu- Clark.
Starting May 15, Cebu Pacific’s routes will now include Cebu- Busuanga, Cebu- Cotabato, Clark- Caticlan (Boracay), and Clark- Busuanga. On May 16, Cebu Pacific will also launch a Cebu- Cotabato route at the same P599 introductory price.
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