Public transport direct to new airport needed
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has not yet granted franchises for new transport routes relative to the opening of the new Iloilo Airport in Sta. Barbara-Cabatuan in the coming days.
This was disclosed by Iloilo Business Club (IBC) Executive Director Leah Lara who sees possible transportation problems when the new airport starts operating.
Sta. Barbara town, where the entrance to the airport is located, is 15.6 kilometers away from Iloilo City. While the airport proper is more or less four kilometers away from its entrance.
Lara said this means people coming from Iloilo City must hire a cab to get to the airport.
Lara said, some transport operators earlier expressed intention to operate a shuttle service direct to the airport.
There are also proposals from the transport sector for the creation of a separate route from Iloilo City to the new airport.
Lara noted that there should be affordable public transportation in going to the airport.
With the opening of the new airport, the IBC is optimistic that it will open more opportunities for restaurants, hotels and even to transport businesses. The airport will also draw more tourists, said Lara.