The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Southern Leyte Engineering District is working on the enhancement of road signs and markings leading to Maasin Airport in preparation for the airline’s first commercial operation on August 1.
The District Office kicked off the improvement works this week following a meeting with Air Juan Aviation, Inc. executives, local government officials, Department of Tourism (DOT), dive shop operators, and other stakeholders.
The project is expected to improve control of traffic flow and guide motorists and visitors to their destination as the airline will start its first commercial operation with the launching of the Cebu to Maasin and Tagbilaran to Maasin flights using a nine-seater Cessna plane.
Prior to road signs upgrade, the Department has already completed the concreting of the road leading to the area.
“This is our initiative and role to the community to enhance the road considering that it is expected to get busier,” said District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia.
The opening of the airport to commercial operation is expected to draw more tourists to Southern Leyte’s dive sites, Magellan’s Cross, and other destinations. Additionally, it is also being promoted as an alternative logistics hub in times of natural disasters.
Meanwhile, local officials in Southern Leyte are also working out on opening Tacloban-bound flights for easier access to the regional center where regional government agencies are located.