PSMEDC Asks Airlines to Add T-Th-S Flights - CT

The Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PSMEDC) has appealed to the management of the remaining two airlines servicing the Virac-Manila route to provide flights during the vacant days of Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In a resolution passed in its recent meeting, the Council, chaired by businessman Rene Abella, appealed to the managements of Zest Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines for either of them to consider scheduling flights during said days to ensure the public of daily means by which businesses, negotiations, medical needs and other purposes in traveling would be immediately accomplished with the least discomfort, especially when health and life are at stake.

Copies of the resolution were also furnished Congressman Joseph Santiago, Governor Joseph Cua and Vice Governor Alfred Aquino for their appropriate action. The Council says the realization of the appeal would immensely benefit the people and the community.

With PAL Express dropping the route entirely and Cebu Pacific cutting its daily flights to just three times a week (Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays), air commuters have been left with no choice but to schedule travel to Manila by air on said days, the same frequency being flown by Zest Air.

The twin flights on the same days have been met with complaints and disappointed reactions, particularly from passengers needing immediate medical attention or who are in frail health. Most of the riding public, especially businessmen and government officials, have expressed frustration at not being able to fly on the exact day when needed, choosing instead to fly a day earlier and incurring additional costs on their part.

Zest Airlines management said that only two MA-60 aircraft are flying at the moment, with two other aircraft still under yearly, 1,000-hour maintenance check-up in Manila that could take anywhere from two weeks to a month to complete.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 17 April 2010