Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB), the country’s budget carrier, announced on Monday that it has resumed its flights to and from Surigao City. Cebu Pacific passengers can now fly to and from Surigao through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) successfully repaired Surigao’s airport to accommodate turbo propeller aircraft like the Cebgo. The airport’s concrete 1,700-meter runway was damaged on February 10 caused by the 6.7 earthquake that hit the city.
“After assessing the repairs done on the Surigao Airport runway, we have determined that we may resume safe flight operations” CEB Vice President for Corporate Affairs Atty. JR Mantaring said in a press statement. Mantaring added that the airline is pleased to be of service to its customers who are flying to reach the City of Island Adventures, which is Surigao.
Surigao City is the entry to many tourists’ destination sites of Eastern Mindanao such as clean beaches, historic caves, and the country’s surfing capital, Siargao Islands. Siargao has been one of the top destinations for surfers and even a prime location to hold the Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte. This year, the Siargao Cup was scheduled on Sept. 24-30.
“We laud CAAP for its expedient action to restore the runway after just 12 days of repair,” Mantaring said. CAAP initially opened the airport for small commercial turbo-propeller aircraft on Feb. 24, just 14 days after the earthquake. The aviation authority said that it was able to partially repair the runway but commercial flights were yet to be accommodated.
“We would also like to extend our appreciation to our valued passengers for their utmost understanding. Trust that we will continue working with the relevant authorities in order to hasten full restoration, and further improve our services,” Mantaring added.
Prior to the restoration of the Surigao City airport, passengers who needed to fly to Surigao City had to fly in from Butuan City, then travel by land to Surigao for about three hours. After this restoration, passengers can now fly directly to Surigao from Cebu. Cebgo operates two daily flights to Surigao via Cebu.
CEB currently operates flights out of five other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo. The airline's extensive network covers 66 destinations with over 100 routes, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA.
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