Negros-Ibaraki direct flights eyed

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday that a delegation from Ibaraki Prefecture of Japan came to the province to negotiate for a direct flight from Bacolod-Silay Airport to the new Ibaraki Airport.

Kikuchi Toshiabe, vice chairman of Ibaraki Prefecture Assembly, and his group met with Marañon at the Governor’s Office Tuesday.

Ibaraki Prefecture is located in the northern part of the Kanto region in the central area of Japan.

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Marañon said that if the negotiation materializes, direct flights from the Bacolod-Silay Airport to Ibaraki Prefecture would be a big boost to the local economy and tourism industry.

Ibaraki is about four and a half hours by plane to Negros Occidental.

Existing airport facilities in Silay are capable of handling such direct flights, the governor said, adding that what is important is that an airline that would take on the direct flights.

Marañon said that Ibaraki Airport is accessible from central Tokyo in 85 minutes and has lower landing fees than Narita and Nareda Airports in Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

Ibaraki Airport is expected to be used as a secondary airport for Tokyo and has the potential to accept massive arrivals and departures.

According to its website, Ibaraki's economy is dependent on the manufacturing enterprises located in the Kashima seaside industrial zone and the Hitachi region. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 23, 2014.

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