Iloilo airport ready for international flights

Iloilo airport ready for international flights

By Easter Anne D. Doza, Monday 4th of June 2012

ILOILO CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas III said that the Iloilo Airport is now ready to accept international flights.

“The airport is already complete, what we need are international flights,” Roxas said in a press conference held during the the closing ceremony of the 1st International River Summit. President Benigno S. Aquino III also attended the said event.

Roxas added that the President ordered an open skies policy so that local airports can accommodate direct flights from Korea, Singapore, Bangkok.

Meanwhile, President Aquino revealed that the average tourist arrival in the country per year is three million.

“For the first quarter of the year there was an average of 400,000 tourist arrivals in the country,” Aquino added that there is a need to strengthen tourist arrivals in the country.

“We are hoping for 10 million tourists this year,” Aquino added

President Aquino was in Iloilo City to grace the closing ceremony of the three-day 1st International River Summit and to witness the launching of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II which is considered to be the first large-scale reservoir dam outside Luzon.

Roxas considered the international summit as one great step so Iloilo City will be known as an international conference site.*(JCM/EAD-PIA 6, Negros Occidental) - Timeline 2012