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Renaming of Iloilo Airport opposed

Written by bh0ngg. Posted in News

“I don’t want to change the name. Let it stay that way,” said Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.

The Cabatuan local government recently proposed to name the airport after Tomas Confesor, a native of Iloilo who was a senator, governor and one of the founding fathers of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

Informally known as Iloilo International Airport since international flights were launched there in November, 2012, the airport’s official name is still Iloilo Airport.

“If there is any official change in name, it should be Iloilo International Airport,” Defensor suggested.

Iloilo Business Club executive director Lea Lara echoed the Iloilo governor’s view.

“Let’s retain it. Iloilo, as a name, has geographic value,” Lara expressed.

She noted how airline companies are familiar with Iloilo Airport as the regional hub of Western Visayas and the same name is used in Hong Kong and Singapore airports, where direct flights from Iloilo and vice versa fly to.

Another person who is opposed to the idea of renaming the airport in Iloilo is Department of Tourism in Western Visayas (DOT-6) director, Atty. Helen Catalbas who said the move is “unnecessary.”

She said the airport which continues to receive direct international flights from Singapore and Hongkong is beginning to establish a name for itself, and changing “the horse in midstream” may not help in the development of tourism in the region particularly in Iloilo province.

Catalbas also said giving the airport a new name could give rise to confusion. Rather, she said, instead of working for a renaming of the airport, efforts should be made to upgrade its existing facilities to make it at par with international standards. (With a story from PNA)

 

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