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Bantayan Airport to welcome first commercial flight
By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Guests of the mini Suroy-Suroy Sugbo in Bantayan Island on November 27-29 will arrive in the island via a commercial flight from Mactan Cebu International Airport to the newly-renovated Bantayan Island Airport. (Junjie Mendoza)

For the first time, a commercial flight will land in the newly-rehabilitated Bantayan Island Airport carrying members of the mainstream media, social media influencers, vloggers and others.

An 80-seater aircraft of Cebu Pacific Air will carry the guests of the mini Suroy-Suroy Sugbo in the island on November 27-29, 2020 that will showcase its tourism in the new normal.

This, however, will be a maiden flight as of now since the airport’s soft opening is yet to be announced.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the commercial airport in Bantayan Island situated in a 29-hectare lot owned by the Province is “historic” for Cebu.

“I’m sure all Bantayanons, Lawisnons and Santafehanons will be very, very proud on that day,” she expressed.

Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Steve Dicdican said putting up an airport in Bantayan provides the easiest way for tourists to reach it and further promotes the tourism of Cebu Province.

Travel time from Mactan Airport to Bantayan Island Airport will only take 20 to 30 minutes, he added.

Mini Suroy-Suroy

From the initial two-day trip, the mini Suroy-Suroy Sugbo will now cover three days to allow guests to fully enjoy the different tourist spots in Sta. Fe, Bantayan, and Madridejos towns.

Garcia, mayors of the three towns, and national government agency officials agreed on this in a meeting Wednesday, November 11.

“Everybody wants to go to Bantayan aron mupalit ug buwad sa lungsod, enjoy the beaches in Sta. Fe, unya og muadto mo sa Madridejos, lambay tambok kaayo,” she said. 

The three-day escapade will be filled with different activites such as island-hopping, beach-hopping, church visit at Saint Peter and Paul Parish in Bantayan town, and museum visits, among others to experience the island’s beauty and adventures it offer.

On November 29, the guests will also leave the island by plane from the Bantayan Airport to Mactan.

Garcia said another mini Suroy-Suroy Sugbo in the island will be held on December 4, 5, and 6 for the guests coming from Manila.

Dicdican said they invited celebrities, media influencers, beauty queens, foreign residents, and consulates, among others to join the event. (Mylen Manto)