Air travel for Catarman-Tacloban, Catarman-Cebu routes available soon

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- Air travel will soon be available for Catarman-Tacloban and Catarman-Cebu routes starting this February, Governor Paul Daza said last week shortly before the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the transport carrier and its authorized sales agent here.

“We are happy to have finally convinced Eagle Trans Asia (ETA) Air to open this regional flight not being served by other airlines,” Daza said. “This will increase the accessibility of Northern Samar to tourists and investors.”

Daza, who has always been keen in establishing a business-friendly environment out of Northern Samar and in boosting local tourism, initiated the negotiation for the opening of the transport service.

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Meanwhile, Luis Jamili, president and CEO of ETA Air, said the newly opened route will have its maiden flight on February 8, 2012 and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday thereafter.

Jamili was present during the MOA signing being the signatory for ETA Air, with Sammy Co, the general manager of SCJ Travel and Tours, and Jun Malobago, SCJ’s vice president for operations and marketing, the airline’s partner-general sales agent for its new service in Northern Samar.

Jamili assured the public that ETA Air’s 29-seater Jetstream aircraft, which will ply the Catarman-Tacloban and Catarman-Cebu routes, are new and has ample legroom for all types of passengers, with its executive class accommodation turned into commercial planes to serve economy fares.

The aircraft will depart from Cebu for Catarman every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and estimated to arrive at 8:35 a.m. It will fly again for Tacloban (from Catarman) at 9 a.m. It will leave from Tacloban for Catarman at 9:40 a.m., and from Catarman fly back to Cebu at 10:20 a.m.

Depending on the market, it may later on cater Tuesdays of the week or even open on a daily basis, Jamili and Co said.

Meantime, ETA Air may accommodate chartered flights for group travel or pre-arranged tours outside its regular schedule.

For its maiden flight, the airline is offering its service at a promotional rate of P699 for the Catarman-Tacloban route (one-way) and P1,699 for Catarman-Cebu or vice versa.

Promo fares will also be available once they become fully operational, Jamili said.

Daza is optimistic that this new development in transportation will not only bring in tourists to Northern Samar but will also spur investments and other business activities by making the province accessible to its regional center, Tacloban and to the Philippines’ biggest transit point in the south, Cebu. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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