A LAWMAKER on Tuesday called on various stakeholders in Occidental Mindoro to look forward to a more vibrant economy with Air Juan Aviation, Inc.’s launching of direct flights from Manila to Mamburao, and vice versa.
“This is a big boost to our effort to promote Occidental Mindoro as prime eco-tourism destination in Luzon. At the same time, it will encourage more investors to look our way,” Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Y. Sato said.
Sato looks forward to more tourists and investors visiting Occidental Mindoro with the availability of the direct flight to Mamburao.
The most common and popular mode of transportation to Occidental Mindoro is via sea from the port of Batangas City.
The launch of Air Juan’s Manila-Mamburao direct is one of the highlights of Occidental Mindoro’s 66th Founding Anniversary on November 15.
Air Juan has committed two seaplanes for the regular trips, which aims to increase passenger air services from Manila and Mamburao.
Sato, a former Governor of Occidental Mindoro was among the guests of honor during the event, which saw Air Juan President Jose Rafael S. Ledesma and Mamburao Mayor Angelina F. Tria sealing the partnership. Along with Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola and Vice Governor Peter J. Alfaro, Sato was instrumental in forging the partnership between Air Juan and Mamburao-LGU.
The current mode of air transportation to Mamburao is via Manila to San Jose Airport. Cebu Pacific offers once-a-day flight on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays.
Land transport to Mamburao from San Jose Airport takes around two to three hours drive.
Air Juan’s direct flight to Mamburao, will take only 45 minutes via seaplane.
Each seaplane can accommodate nine passengers. Air Juan promises on-time flights using brand new seaplanes. Experienced foreign pilots will fly the seaplanes.
Mamburao is the gateway to Sablayan, the jump off point to Apo Reef, one of the world’s best diving spots.
According to Sato, the presence of an airline flying on the island will contribute to more tourist arrivals, encourage more business ventures and bring residents closer to home in the most convenient and safest way.