Costly airfares discourage domestic tourists to come to Puerto Princesa

By , on April 20, 2015

Coron, Palawan (shutterstock)
Coron, Palawan (shutterstock)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Skyrocketing airfares during the peak season is discouraging domestic tourists to come and explore this city and its natural wonders, as well as other beautiful sites in Palawan, said City Councilor and Tourism Committee Chair Matthew Mendoza.

Because of this, and through a resolution that has been referred to his committee, Mendoza is planning to ask the Mayor Lucilo Bayron to consider entering into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with airline companies for special promo fares that also has the advantage to promote Puerto Princesa.

This initiative, Mendoza told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Monday, was an effective way to attract tourists — both foreign and domestic — to experience the world-class destinations the entire province had to offer, specifically the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR).

He lamented too, what he deemed as an “abuse” when airline companies jacked up airfare prices during the summer, Holy Week, and Christmas and New Year breaks.

“I believe that could be considered as taking advantage,” he said.

As of current, a one-way plane ticket from Manila to Puerto Princesa ranges from Php 8,000-Php 10,000, said the councilor.

Mendoza will call on the attention of three Palaweño congressmen to also prioritize the creation of a bill in the House of Representative that may cause airline companies to sell “justifiable, if not cheap airfares during the peak season.”