Nathaniel Nazareno, local manager of the Air Transportation Office, said Cebu Pacific has officially included this city as among its destinations in the country even though the airline has yet to launch its inaugural flight. A Cebu Pacific source said that will likely happen in mid-September.
A Cebu Pacific official, Charlie Palpalatoc, said there is no definite schedule yet, but added that his company's check-in counter at the airport here is already being constructed. He said, too, that Cebu Pacific would build its own cargo terminal beside that of the Philippine Airlines.
Cebu Pacific's recently opened Cotabato City-Manila uses the 150-seater Airbus A-319 four times a week. This new airplane is supposedly fuel efficient, thus enabling the airline to charge low fares.
A travel agent here welcomed Cebu Pacific's planned GenSan flight, saying it would likely boost their income.
Francis Sablon, operations manager of Zion Travel and Tours that is now exclusively selling PAL tickets, said they have plans to open another travel agency that would sell Cebu Pacific tickets.
Currently, PAL and its sister company, Air Philippines, are making daily flights to and from this city.
Aside from the passengers, the GenSan airport is known for the heavy volume of tuna products it ships out daily. (MindaNews)