Direct flights between the two airports are set to commence on May 8, with an initial passenger traffic volume of 20,000 Korean tourists, mostly students, their parents, and other family members wanting to visit La Union, Baguio City, and Benguet.
Top executives of Poro Point Management Corp. (PPMC), a subsidiary of the government-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), made the announcement upon arrival from their recent visit to Chungcheongbuk-do province in South Korea.
The delegation, headed by PPMC executive vice president and chief operating officer Anthony C. Manguiat, came back last April 2 from a “highly fruitful” visit to South Korea.
The BCDA, which spearheaded the expansion and upgrading of the San Fernando Airport, expected substantial increase in tourist arrivals and investments in Northern Philippines.
The group met with their Korean counterparts headed by Jang Soon Ja, director of the Korean Airports Corp., as well as with tourism and aviation officials of Chungcheongbuk-do. Poro Point’s development and the San Fernando Airport’s expansion are part of BCDA’s sustained conversion program through which former American bases are transformed into centers of socio-economic development.
Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong) is a province in the center of South Korea. It was formed in 1896 from the northeastern half of the former Chungcheong province. Its provincial capital is Cheongju.