Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez raised the need to allow a third airline to fly to Negros Occidental to help lower airfare at a Cabinet meeting Monday night, Negrense businessman Eduardo Alunan said yesterday.
Alunan, who has been campaigning for the entry of a third airline, said he had requested Dominguez to raise the issue since the Cabinet was scheduled to take up the Ninoy Aquino International Airport woes.
He asked Dominguez to bring up the “excessive and oppressive” fares of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, Alunan said.
There is also a need for more flights for Bacolod, with airplanes often full, he told Dominguez.
“It's often full and we have to fly via Cebu to Manila paying as much as P18,000 round trip fare. I hope AirAsia will be provided slots that will enable it to serve Bacolod. We need less flights from PAL and CebuPac and more of AirAsia,” Alunan said.
Alunan said Dominguez yesterday morning informed him that his concern was raised at the Cabinet meeting.
“I am hoping that my recommendation will be implemented,” Alunan said.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia had said earlier that AirAsia is hoping to serve the Bacolod route in about a month, after complying with requirements of the Civil Aeronautics Board.*
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