first_imgHe added: “It has to be clarified if we would be directly receiving flights from abroad.” Lacson admitted he was surprised by Transport secretary Arthur Tugade’s statement late Thursday night proposing to expand the operation of international flights to the Bacolod-Silay Airport. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson wants the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to clarify its reported plan to open international flights at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental. When opened to commercial operations in 2008, Bacolod-Silay Airport was designed to accommodate between 800,000 to one million passengers a year. He said his department intends to allow international flights in more gateways – Zamboanga, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Bohol – every two weeks as international flights are currently concentrated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to travel restrictions. Tugade bared DOTr’s plan to expand the operation of international flights to provincial airports once the country transitions to the less restricted community quarantines starting June 1. However, the number of passengers passing through the terminal has since increased to 1.7 million and growing, with the facility now operating at least 16 flights a day./PN “We’ve always wanted to be an international airport but we have been told we’re not ready for international flights and our runway is not long enough,” Lacson said.  BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGAlast_img read more