Filipino-owned Southeast Asian Airlines or SEAir is set to launch its first ever flight to Laoag on April 4.
Milagros Gonzales, head of the Department of Tourism for Ilocos Norte said, manager for booking Jose Lapid of SEAir has made a visit to the province on third week of February to discuss details with the authorities of Laoag International Airport (LIA).
Gonzales said the airline will accommodate the large number of tourist arrival into the province this summer, which is the peak season.
Keeping in view the estimated tourist arrivals in the previous years in Ilocos Norte, additional airlines needed to carry tourists in our province that make it more convenient for them, said Gonzales said.
He further said that the additional flight will also boost the employment prospects of the city.
The presence of SEAir will boost the trade and tourism in the province as well as job generation, she said.
On July 2011, the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) reported a total of 680,000 tourist arrivals. The data is based on the records of hotels, home stays, and other accommodation units.
The provincial government is expecting more tourist arrival this year since tourist arrivals started as early as October 2012 and is expected to continue until summer time.
There are daily flights to Manila from most of the Filipino destinations and introduction of this flight is new in this series.
Laoag airport has three existing airlines that provide a connecting flight from Manila to Laoag.