Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Albay International Gateway welcomes more flights with China
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 5 (PNA) -- The Albay International Gateway (AIG) is ready to welcome more chartered flights from mainland China as the initial 18-cycle, 3-month run will start on Aug. 8 until Oct. 10, with each cycle scheduled on Mondays (arrival) through Fridays (departure) and vice-versa.

This initial 3-month run—made possible through a 1-year contract of Cebu Pacific with their Chinese partners—may be extended depending on the success of its implementation.

The first batch of tourists for this run will arrive on Aug. 8 from Xiamen, China, bringing in a full load of 179 passengers to Albay.

Earlier this year, 285 Chinese tourists from Xiamen flew in to the province to celebrate the Chinese New Year, coming in two batches -- the first arriving on Jan. 30, while the second came in on Feb. 6.

The AIG committee chaired by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, along with representatives from different government agencies and other stakeholders, is now again readying all the provisions needed to accommodate the coming tourists.

Like the previous batches of Xiamen tourists, the incoming visitors will be billeted at the Misibis Bay Resort and Casino, with occasional tours to be made to the different landmarks and attractions in Albay.

Funds have been allocated for the Legazpi airport for its expansion to accommodate the different government offices that are required to service direct international flights arriving to the airport, as well as add wider areas and more chairs for the convenience of the passengers.

As committee chair, Salceda has pledged the full support of the provincial government in this endeavor to further boost the image of Albay in the international market as a tourist destination and fully coordinate with the different agencies to achieve this goal. (PNA) LAM/FGS/CBD/