Catbalogan Buri Airport now operational thanks to Air Juan

“Kun magkaka-urusa kita ngatanan, waray hingyap nga deri makakab-utan.”

This was the statement of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during last Saturday’s grand launching of the operationalization of Catbalogan City’s Buri Airport where domestic airline company Air Juan will fly to and from the queen city of the south, Cebu City.

No less than Presidential Management Staff Undersecretary Ferdinand “Andy” Cui, Jr., who is a fellow Catbaloganon extended the strong support of the national government under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through the government agencies of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Usec Cui revealed that in order for Catbalogan airport to be able to accommodate bigger airplanes and more destinations, it must be able to extend its existing 1.2 km airstrip length to 1.5 km and for this, the national government is ready to fund this infrastructure project.

Air Juan’s President, Mr. John Gutierrez further assured their commitment of bringing in more flights and other destinations within their coverage in order to create new and memorable leisure experiences for Filipinos and visitors to our country believing that Catbalogan has the great potential being Samar island’s main capital.

Catbalogan City is their first destination in the island of Samar, following after the opening of Biliran and Maasin routes in 2017 and now also connecting to Ormoc City all bound for Cebu.

The Provincial Government of Samar represented by Board Member Nancy Rosales extended its full support of Governor Sharee Ann Tan to the airport’s operationalization, which complements its recently-held national lunching of Spark Samar tourism campaign that is geared towards bringing in more tourists and investors to our beautiful island thereby contributing to socio-economic development.

Catbalogan Buri Airport is situated at Buri Island, some 6km away from the downtown area and is home to 3 barangays, namely: Barangays Estaka, Cabugawan and San Roque comprising roughly more than 2,000 population total.

Buri Island is positioned as an ecotourism destination of Catbalogan City under its Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Protection program of both the Offices of City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office and the Environment and Natural Resources.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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