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Cebu Pacific starts Manila-GenSan route

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THE inaugural flight of Cebu Pacific to this city from Manila went on as scheduled despite bad weather Monday last week. Cebu Pacific’s entry here, which was warmly welcomed by government and business leaders, brought to three the daily flights to and from Manila.

Daily flights since the United States Agency for International Development Agency-funded airport started operations in the mid 1990s have been serviced by Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines. Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr., expressed optimism that Cebu Pacific’s entry will boost the chances of the locality to lure more investors and tourists. “This is another cap on our feather. The entry of Cebu Pacific gives the signal of our growth that we hope would not be lost to the eyes of interested investors,” he said.

Lance Y. Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific president and chief executive officer, earlier said they will render daily flights from Manila to this city.

“We are confident that our entry into this market will once again bring down the fares significantly. Now, the people in General Santos and its nearby towns will have a low-fare alternative with Cebu Pacific,” Gokongwei said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific’s maiden flight, through an Airbus A-319 which has a capacity of 150 passengers, touched down here around 3:57 p.m., delayed by more than 30 minutes from the scheduled 3:20 p.m. arrival.