Flights to Samar from Cebu and Tacloban
Two airline companies in the country will start to service Samar Island in two weeks’ time.
The first commercial flight at the Guiuan Airport in Eastern Samar will take off on February 20 as the Mid-Sea Express will conduct is maiden flight for the Cebu-Guiuan route on that day.
Meanwhile, Eagle Trans Asia Airways Corp. (ETA Air) will serve the Catarman-Cebu and Catarman-Tacloban routes starting February 22.
Northern Samar Governor Paul Daza said that ETA Air will field a 29-seater aircraft to serve Catarman, capital town of Northern Samar.
"The 29-seater aircraft will both load passengers and cargo. There will be additional economic trade between Tacloban and direct link between Catarman and Cebu," Northern Samar Governor Paul R. Daza told the local media.
Governor Daza said that the introduction of this link will shorten travel time between Cebu and Catarman and the travel time between Catarman and Tacloban.
Currently, travelers from Catarman have to go to Tacloban which is five hours away by land, or to Manila to get to Cebu.
Flights to Samar by Mid-Sea Express
The aircraft will depart from Cebu for Catarman at 8:00 a.m. and is estimated to arrive at 8:35 a.m. The plan will leave for Tacloban at 9 a.m. and from Tacloban, it will leave for Catarman at 9:40 a.m. From Catarman, it will fly back to Cebu at 10:20 a.m.
The airline added that they will operate the route every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Guiuan Analiza Gonzales Kwan confirmed that the launching of the Mid-Sea Express service in Guiuan is on February 20.
Mayor Kwan said the Mid-Sea Express service will greatly help boost tourism in Guiuan, the jumping-off point to surfing destinations Calicoan Island.
Guiuan is 109 kilometers south of the provincial capital of Borongan City and 154 kilometers from Tacloban City.
According to Mid-Sea Express, the airline said its 19-seater Jetstream 32 aircraft will serve the Cebu-Guiuan route at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Mondays, and the Guiuan-Cebu route at 12:00 noon on Saturdays and Mondays. (PIA8/Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu)