More Cebu-direct flights set to be rolled out in 2016

MANILA, Oct. 1 (PNA) — More airlines will soon be opening direct flights to Cebu next year, the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) said, particularly in countries with large Filipino populations.

GMCAC chief executive advisor Andrew Harrison said during the recent Philippine Economic Briefing on Wednesday that the company looks forward to flights between Cebu and the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Harrison said that by March 2016, Philippine airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) will be mounting flights between Cebu and Los Angeles, and Cebu and Istanbul, Turkey.

He further said that the company is currently in talks with foreign airlines to open more flights to the Queen City of the South.

“Our mandate is to work with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), hotels, resorts to aggressively market the Philippines, the Visayas, and Cebu as a destination worth of visiting,” Harrison said.

“From the investor’s standpoint, the Philippines is the best place we could possibly want to be in,” he added. “We’ve never had this much access to the government in other projects other than the Philippines.”

Harrison pointed out that aside from opening more flights to and from Cebu, the GMCAC is also currently focusing on skills development of people who work and are involved in the airport.

“We are creating 4,000 jobs in areas of construction, operations and management,” he said. “This way we develop opportunities and contribute to the economy.”

“This goes beyond working in a world-class facility in Cebu,” he added. (PNA)