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South East Asian Airlines flies to Pagadian City

Pagadian City (18 September) -- Local carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) announced today the opening of a route to Pagadian City, the provincial capital of Zamboanga del Sur. SEAIR now flies to Cebu-Pagadian-Cebu every Mondays and Thursdays, in line with the Clark-based airline's expansion plans for this year.

"SEAIR reaffirms its commitment to help increase commercial activity and tourism in the area. Since the opening of a regional hub in Zamboanga City in 2002, SEAIR currently flies to Jolo and Tawi-tawi on a daily basis and to Cotabato every Monday, Wednesday and Friday," said Avelino Zapanta, President of SEAIR.

Present during the inaugural flight at the Pagadian Airport were no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senator Miguel Zubiri, Secretary Jesus Dureza-Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process and Mindanao Super Region Champion, DA Secretary Arthur Yap, SEAIR officials, West MinCom Commander MGen. Nelson Allaga, PNP Regional Director Jaime G. Caringal, ATO Manager Jose Budiongan, local officials led by Governor Aurora Enerio Cerilles, 2nd District Congressman Antonio H. Cerilles, 1st District Congressman Victor Yu, and City Mayor Samuel S. Co.

SEAIR aims to bridge the Philippine islands by offering secondary and missionary routes to complement the trunk line routes serviced by other major players in the domestic airline industry.

The airline now flies to 15 local tourist destinations : Manila, Caticlan (Boracay) and Cebu in Visayas; Clark in Northern Luzon; Busuanga, Cuyo, El Nido, Puerto Princesa and Rodriguez in Palawan province, Camiguin, Cotabato, Jolo, Pagadian, Tawi-tawi and Zamboanga in Mindanao.

"Our Cebu-Pagadian route will make traveling for tourists and businessmen easier," added Zapanta. "Pagadian City has become more accessible - now only 35 minutes away from Cebu via SEAIR.

2007 is a milestone year for Philippine tourism. According to DOT figures, more than 1.5 million foreign tourists arrived at the NAIA in the first semester alone, an almost 8% growth over the same period last year. With more local and national efforts to promote the Philippines, the rate of tourism influx can go higher in 2010.

Pagadian City, a first-class city of Zamboanga del Sur is the regional center of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It serves as a gateway to the cities of Ozamis, Iligan and Cotabato.

"As the only local commercial airline offering inter-Mindanao flights, we at SEAIR feel that we have been a factor in the growth of commerce in the region. Our future focus is to develop tourism and international routes out of Zamboanga and Davao," said Zapanta.

For its Cebu-Pagadian route, SEAIR uses its 32-seater Dornier 328 aircraft. The latest in a long line of technologically innovative aircraft manufactured by Germany-based Dornier, the Dornier 328 is one of the fastest and most advanced jetprop in the world.

Aside from the local expansion, SEAIR is positioning itself to enter the international market after its appointment as one of the official carriers for the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia, Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region.

For inquiries and reservations, please call SEAIR Reservations at (02) 849-0100, SEAIR Cebu at (032) 341-4879, or SEAIR Pagadian at (062) 215-3831 and 215-3835. (PIA) [top]

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