Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cebu Pacific Air - Flight 5J 995 from NAIA and Flight 5J 996 from General Santos City

NAIA Terminal 3

The third terminal of the airport, Terminal 3 or NAIA-3, is the newest and biggest terminal in the NAIA complex, wherein construction started in 1997. It was one of the most controversial projects the Philippine government has become involved with. Legal battles and red tape, especially international cases in both the United States and Singapore as a result of mismanagement of the project by the Estrada government, as well as technical and safety concerns, delayed the opening several times.[13] The terminal officially opened to selected domestic flights from 22 July 2008 (initially Cebu Pacific only, then Philippine Airlines' subsidiaries Air Philippines and PAL Express), with Cebu Pacific international flights using it from August 1, 2008 and all Manila-bound domestic and international flights will be transferred to NAIA-3, hopefully by the fourth quarter of 2009.

General Santos International Airport was formally inaugurated on July 6, 1996, although the airport was used in the 1996 Palarong Pambansa.The Biggest International Airport in Mindanao. All flights of Philippine Airlines from Iloilo City and Cebu City landed and departed to and from this airport including special flights to and from Manila using Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Because the terminal building was not yet complete at the time of the airport's opening, a temporary terminal was used adjacent to the current terminal. The current terminal became operational in August 1996.

After the opening of this new airport, Philippine Airlines commenced direct flights to Manila thrice weekly, initially using Airbus A300 aircraft. This later became five times weekly in November 1996, just 4 months after its launch, and a daily service in December 1997. PAL's financial difficulties forced the closure of the Iloilo and Cebu routes out of General Santos in 1998, leaving PAL with only its flights to Manila. Air Philippines commenced operations at the new airport with flights to Manila also in 1997 using Boeing 737-200 and McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft. However, the lack of a refueling facility at General Santos International Airport forced the return leg of the flight to stop at Mactan-Cebu International Airport for refueling. With the opening of a new refueling facility at the airport in the early 2000s, Air Philippines now flies direct to Manila and also operates separate flights to Cebu City.

International flights to Manado in Indonesia were opened in November 2004 by Merpati Nusantara Airlines using Fokker 70 aircraft. However, due to poor loads, the service was cut after one month. Philippine Airlines also planned starting international services out of General Santos in the 1990s, but were unable to due to its financial difficulties.

On October 2, 2006, Cebu Pacific commenced flights to Manila using Airbus A319 aircraft. This was later upgraded to the Airbus A320.

Built largely with US funds totaling around $50 million, the airport is believed by some to be part of the United States military forward strategy in the Philippines.

Last December 16, I went back to Manila via Cebu Pacific Air's Flight 5J 996 from General Santos International Airport. I noticed that the airport needed maintenance and some coats of paint to make it presentable to visitors.

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Videos :

Cebu Pacific Air - Flight 5J 995 from NAIA Terminal 3

Cebu Pacific Airways - NAIA Terminal 3 - Gen. Santos International Airport

General Santos City

Gensan to Manila

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Friday, September 18, 2009
Cebu Pacific Airways Flight at NAIA Terminal 3 to and from General Santos City

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Cebu Pacific Airways Flight to and from General Santos City International Airport

Sunday, September 20, 2009
Photos of Gensan's Barangay Tambler and Barangay Calumpang

Monday, September 21, 2009
General Santos City in Mindanao

Monday, September 21, 2009
The road to Maasim, Sarangani Province from Barangay Tambler, General Santos City

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Photo Journal of my road trip to Koronadal City

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Polomolok, South Cotobato

Sunday, September 27, 2009
The road to Alabel the capitol of Sarangani Province

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