Zambo flights may resume by Thursday: Roxas
MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday said he wants commercial flights to and from Zamboanga City to resume by Thursday (September 19), eleven days after fighting broke out in the city.
Speaking to ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, Roxas said business is slowly going back to normal in Zamboanga after government troops successfully contained skirmishes to only a handful of barangays.
"95 other barangays of Zamboanga City are unaffected by the fighting. Banks and the local Mercury Drug are now open. Jollibee is now open. ATMS are now open. Yesterday, I talked to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Philippine Air Force to set up a mechanism so that we can reopen commercial flights by Thursday, September 19," he said.
The CAAP earlier said it will allow 2 commercial flights to and from Zamboanga City starting Thursday and will add more flights as the situation normalizes.
CAAP is targeting two initial flights on Thursday -- one flight for Cebu Pacific and another for Philippine Airlines for Zamboanga-Manila and vice versa.
Businessmen earlier urged the national government to end the ongoing skirmishes between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front fighters due to its effect on the local economy.
Ed Lacson, president of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, said P50 billion in money circulated in Zamboanga has stopped because of the fighting.