Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog here is set to hold exploratory talks this weekend with Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on the possibility of having direct flights from the Iloilo airport of international standards in Cabatuan, Iloilo to other cities in Asia, particularly to Incheon International Airport in South Korea.
Mabilog said the direct flight is needed as Iloilo city and province are currently booming with foreign students and tourists.
The city chief executive said his exploratory talks with Roxas aim to bring Iloilo closer to Asian neighbors, especially China, Korea and Japan which are currently having thousands of business travelers and tourists going to the Philippines.
The Iloilo airport was built some five years ago but only caters to domestic flights although it is of an international standards complete with all the amenities of an international airport.
Mabilog said it is about time the Ilonggos have a true international airport to serve the needs of local travelers to Asian countries as well as students and tourists of Korea, China and Japan going directly to Iloilo.
The city mayor said that he recently went to Korea to see the Incheon international airport and was told by Korean officials that they are willing to have connecting direct flights to Iloilo.