By Mike U. Crismundo
Surigao City – Starting February 24, Manila’s first boutique airline, SKYJET Airlines will begin its direct regular commercial flights to the tourist-boom island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte province, one of the entry points to several tourist and business destinations in northeastern Mindanao.
With the new service, travelling to the island will just be an hour and a half away from Manila.
Using a four-engine jet aircraft from British Aerospace (BAe) Systems, which is known to be the aircraft used by the British royal family, SKYJET will initially operate four times a week every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, leaving Manila at 6 a.m. and arriving in Sayak (Siargao) Airport at 7:40 a.m.
The flight from Siargao leaves at 8:10 a.m. and arrives Manila at 9:50 a.m.
There will be an introductory fare of R3,277 each way
“With SKYJET airlines’ new service offering, it means more space for the surf enthusiast and island revellers alike,” said SKYJET Airlines president Dino Reyes-Chua.
“The direct flight to/from Manila also opens up investment opportunities in the island by tapping into the rich resource base of the province,” he added.
“The combined coastal fishing grounds and inland waters of the province hold one of the biggest sources of fish and marine products in the country. This opens the prospects for processing and trade of dried and smoked fish, fish paste, fish and squid flakes, liver oil and other fish preparations,” Chua noted.
Siargao Island, touted as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”, hosts an annual world surfing competition which attracts the best surfers worldwide.