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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


Aklan confronted with good problem, says governor

by Venus G. Villanueva

KALIBO, Aklan, January 23 (PIA6) -- Aklan is confronted with a problem, but a good one, according to Aklan governor Carlito S. Marquez.

The “good” problem is in the form of thousands of tourists arriving daily at the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) which the airport can’t handle well because of limited space and infrastructure, the governor related during his “Governor’s Report to the People” aired over Kalibo Cable here.

“We have the tourists the airport can’t handle”, Marquez told program anchorman Gus Tolentino in the program.

This predicament, according to the governor, was brought to his attention by no less than a Korean ambassador, who complained that processing of papers at the departure area could take more or less 2 hours due to shortage of facilities.

During processing, lines formed by departing tourists extend even outside the airport terminal, Marquez said.

Presently, domestic and foreign passengers are sharing the use of the new airport terminal building, which becomes crowded when domestic and international flights arrive or take off at the same time.

The governor said there is a need to build another terminal building for domestic tourists, and called on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) to look into the problem.

For her part, Carina Ruiz, Provincial Tourism Operations Officer, said the influx of tourists was caused by numerous international flights coming from mainland China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

This March, Cebu Pacific would also have direct flights from Taipei, Taiwan to KIA, while another route, this time from North Incheong, Korea, would also be forthcoming.

Ruiz also revealed that in 2011, Boracay’s tourist arrivals generated more than P16 billion in tourism receipts, compared to 2010 which had more than P14 billion.

Ruiz said the figures show that the influx of tourists to Aklan is on an increasing trend. (JCM/VGV PIA 6 Aklan)

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