Businessmen and travelers can already travel from Tacloban directly to Iloilo City and vice versa, thus making the three regions in the Visayas Islands more accessible.
The Cebu Pacific Air launched on October 5, direct flight services from Iloilo to Tacloban City in the province of Leyte.
The route serviced by an ATR 72-500 aircraft will be on a thrice weekly schedule, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It has an estimated flying time of about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Flight # 5J156 of Cebu Pacific leaves Iloilo at 06:05 in the afternoon and arrives in Tacloban at 7:15 in the evening, every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Meanwhile Flight # 5J157 leaves Tacloban at 7:35 in the evening and arrives in Iloilo City at 8:45 in the evening.
It will also be beneficial to local travelers who want to explore Iloilo and Tacloban without having to connect flights, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla said.
Tacloban is the provincial capital of Leyte and the regional center of the Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). It is a tourism hub and the primary gateway to Eastern Visayas. Iloilo City, on the other hand is the regional center of Western Visayas (Region VI) and center for business and economic growth.
Aside from Iloilo to Tacloban, Cebu Pacific is also opening 5 more inter-island routes to boost Philippines’ most extensive route network.