MAASIN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) -- A commercial airplane that carries the name of the province will be making history once it provides air transportation that bridges the great atmospheric divide between this city and the nation’s capital, Manila.

This development cropped up during the provincial development council (PDC) meeting held at the former DPWH function hall here yesterday, when Gov. Damian Mercado announced the possibility of such a flight either last week this month, or first week April, next month.

The governor’s announcement was confirmed by Mayor Elisa Cadingan, chief executive of Hinundayan municipality, one of the six towns located in the pacific area of the province.

“We’re still requesting for the slotting, for the regular slot of the flight,” Cadingan said in a video interview by members of the Associated Media of Southern Leyte (AMSL).

The aircraft and the company, Cadingan said, is called Air Southern Leyte, a 30-seater Donier plane which fits the present technical requirements of the Maasin City airport in barangay Panan-awan.

Two planes will service the Maasin-Manila-Maasin route, vice-versa, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as a start, Cadingan stated.

Told that a previous airline, Air Juan, ceased operation in just about a year for lack of passengers, Cadingan said she was aware about it but maintained that it depends on the aircraft, especially the Manila route, unlike the Cebu-Maasin flight of the other company.

Cadingan said that Air Southern Leyte has no other places served except the city and province, to give commuters a chance for easier access without having to go to Tacloban for air travel needs.

“My husband is a pilot. Our business is aviation. Our business in Manila is flying school and chartered flights,” the mayor revealed as a backgrounder on how it all came about. (mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)