Executives from Philippine Airlines visited Gov. Edgar Chatto to formally inform the province’s top honcho about the series of new direct flights from Tagbilaran to two new destinations.
PAL told the governor, the airline will be starting the Davao-Tagbilaran-Davao direct flights off the old Tagbilaran airport starting November 1.
Asia’s first airline will be operating a Clark-Tagbilaran-Clark flight off the old Tagbilaran airport by December.
During the meeting, PAL’s manager Emma Casenas with other airline executives told the governor about other direct flights being planned with other international connections.
Earlier, PAL has signified its intent to the provincial government to make Bohol as an international hub.
With the impending completion of the New Bohol Airport on March 2018, PAL is seriously looking at Bohol as a hub for other domestic destination as well as direct international flights.
For his part, the governor has been thankful for the support of the airline and other private sector partners in the effort to improve the tourism industry in the province.
Tourism remains the leading economic driver of the province.
Bohol has been able to improve its poverty level situation, backed by twin industries of tourism and agriculture.
From almost 50 percent in 2000s, the poverty rate has improved to 21 percent in 2016.
The goal is to further improve the economic situation of Boholanos by improving the poverty rate to 15 percent, said the governor in numerous occasions in the past.