DOT secretary backs ZCCIFI appeal to restore PAL flights to Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:12

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez joins the call of the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and  Industry and the Industrial Group in a letter of appeal to intervene and use his moral suasion to influence the new  PAL owners, San Miguel Corporation thru its President Ramon Ang to heed the call to restore its flight services to Zamboanga City.

Jimenez’ letter addressed to Mr. Ramon S. Ang, PAL President & Chief Operating Officer, said he understands the memorandum regarding the launching of “ Project Winter” a  project that aims to maximize the strength of both PAL and AirPhil Express by adopting industry practices of leading airlines  through the rationalization of the flight schedules of PAL and AirPhil Express.

The DOT secretary said he understands “ Project Winter” is a business decision that management has to undertake and “we support PAL’s commitment to making  travel more efficient ,economical and competitive with the other airlines in the industry, however we seek reconsideration in allowing PAL to continue servicing the Manila-Zamboanga route considering the market growth, economic opportunity  and increased arrivals in the said area.

To recall, in a letter dated November 12,2012 , ZCCIFI President Pedro Rufo “ Pocholo” N. Soliven and Industrial Group of Zamboanga President George Ledesma urged CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss to intervene in the citing several disadvantages caused by PAL flight pullout in Zamboanga City that are prejudicial to PAL’s loyal patrons in the city as well as the BaSulTa island provinces. — Albert O. Francisco III