Celso welcomes Aero Majestic PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 September 2011 17:17

Grateful for the continuous opening and expansion of business investments in Zamboanga amid the challenges, Mayor Celso Lobregat the other day warmly welcomed Aero Majestic Airways Inc., a new addition to the airlines fleet plying in and out of Zamboanga.

An air transport specialist founded in February 2010, Aero Majestic Airways, Inc. started flights from Zamboanga to Cagayan and vice-versa Sept. 19 with the
64-seater YS-11 plane that was blessed Monday. The Zamboanga-Dipolog flight will start on Sept. 27.

“The fact that Aero Majestic Airways is expanding its operations to include flights to and from Cagayan de Oro City and Dipolog City indicates a thriving travel industry in the city. In fact, business operations in Zamboanga have time and again shown growth, refuting the negative perceptions most people have of the city and Mindanao in general”, Mayor Lobregat said in his welcome message during a program after the ribbon cutting rite for Aero Majestic’s ticket counter at the airport and the blessing of the YS-11 plane at the hangar early morning Monday.

The mayor congratulated the Aero Majestic management and staff on the latest development in their operations stressing that a city’s progress is measured by the number of quality of business investments it attracts. “The more investments open, the more progressive a city becomes. Conversely, the less attractive a city is to potential investors, the lesser the opportunity for its economy to grow.”

Mayor Lobregat lamented that misperception, caused by negative publicities about deteriorating peace and order climate in Mindanao greatly affect the area’s  progress and development shunning prospective investors.

But, he stressed it is It is heart warming that amidst the challenging times, new business establishments continue to sprout in Zamboanga City and existing ones continue to expand –a testimony of the business sector’s trust and confidence on the present administration and leadership.

“As the mayor, I am making sure that the government complements but does not compete with the private sector, and continue developing a business friendly environment that will promote the growth of legitimate businesses”, he declared.

The strong and continuous partnership between the local government and the business sector makes Zamboanga grow by leaps and bounds, he said adding that the “City’s dynamic economy, strategic geographical location, viable cost of doing business, competent and skilled manpower, make Zamboanga the undisputed center of economic activities in the region.”

No less than Central Bank Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. during the inauguration of the BSP-Zamboanga building in Pettit Barracks affirmed that “Zamboanga has a lot going for it” citing the numerous potentials and resources and its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product. Zamboanga at present hosts 29 commercial and financial banks with 55 branches and based on statistics presented by the Central Bank governor, bank deposits here grew by 12% reaching P46.7 billion in 2010.

“Indeed it is misperception that makes some people think that Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula and Zamboanga City in particular is war-torn and in the midst of conflict. The statistics will prove that it is the opposite”, the mayor pointed out. 

Aero Majestic Airways, Inc. also specializes transportation of passengers and in time sensitive cargo.  Its promo fare to Cagayan de Oro is only P999. The group is headed by Jean Saludares as president and Capt. Raheel Sheik as executive vice president. The staff includes Capt. Max Vallejo, Chief pilot; Nandy Mariano, General Manager; and Joseph Briones, Flight Operations Manager.

Also present during the ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremonies were Airport Manager Celso Bayabos, Tourism Regional Director Maryjune Bugante, Aviation Security Group Chief Col. Romeo Suenan, Civil Aviation Association of the Philippines (CAAP) Inspectors from Manila Frances Sanchez and Raymundo Mejia and several others. Fr. Andy Barcelo officiated the blessing rites.

The ceremonies were followed by the maiden flight to Cagayan de Oro with over 30 passengers aboard the YS-11 plane. — Sheila Covarrubias