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Two events to boost PH bid to gain Asia’s aviation hub status


By Analou De Vera

Two events will be conducted in the country to help boost the country’s bid “as one of Asia’s aviation hubs,” the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Monday.

The aviation events are Routes Asia slated on March 10 to 12 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, and CAPA Asia Aviation that will be held in June.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the events will showcase the newly developed Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and will further “bolster the country’s international networks and local tourism.”

“It’s all system go for these two major aviation events. We are looking forward to boosting not just the number of air seats but also that of new routes and development opportunities for smoother and faster travels to and from the country,” said Puyat in a statement.

“We’re not only trying to increase the utilization of our secondary gateways like Cebu, but we’re also trying to decongest Manila, not only of its passenger traffic but as well as the aircraft movement,” she added.

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