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Re-opening of Cauayan airport sought

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela (September 27) -- The Sangguniang Panglungsod (City Council) had passed a resolution seeking to reactivate the domestic airport which remained dormant for more than two decades, a move seen as a response to President Arroyo's declaration of Cauayan City as one area in her administration's "Super Region Development" concept.

Vice mayor and City Council presiding officer Bartolome Malillin predicted a more blooming and booming economy in this bustling city as investors will be lured to put their money in a place with good fast and efficient mode of transportation.

"With the advent of sophisticated information and communication technology in our midst, we also need to have fast and efficient mode of transportation, in this way the engine of growth and development could easily work for us", said Mallillin after the passage of the resolution.

The city government had already invited businessmen and investors particularly from the air transportation industry to once again do business in this region's designated "industrial center", the city official said.

"The unanimous act of the council seeking the re-opening of the airport for domestic use is imperative and must be given affirmation from concerned authorities", the former police general turned-politician added.

The Cauayan airport used to operate with the Tuguegarao airport several years back but it was ordered closed to domestic flights allegedly due to facilities and flight clearance problems. The airport is now used only for small aircraft flights to coastal towns of Dinapigue, Palanan, Maconacon and Divilican and in some instances used by Philippine Air Force aircraft during special activities.

Mallillin said the Air Transportation Office has given a green light for the operations of the airport after it found that it has complied with standard airport requirements and facilities"

The city official expressed confidence that air transport companies would favorably respond to the city's call as businessmen, industrialists, entrepreneurs and tourists usually prefer to go to a place with adequate fast and convenient mode of transportation. (PIA- Isabela) [top]

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