SEAIR gives us a great reason to go north this summer!
Southeast Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAIR) now flies to Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte. On April 4, 2013, SEAIR had its inaugural Manila-Laoag flight, originating from the Manila Domestic Airport or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4.
Laoag means “light” in Ilocano and its “Sunshine City” nickname refers to its year-round sunny weather. Laoag has an interesting mix of tradition and modernity, reflecting Spanish and Ilocano heritage. As the center of trade and commerce in the region, Laoag is bustling with numerous business establishments. But it also has its kalesas or horse-drawn carriages still cruising the streets.
For history buffs, must-see sites include the Museo Ilocos Norte, which houses prehistoric tools that were used for hunting and fishing by early settlers, and the Sinking Bell Tower of St. William’s Cathedral, the largest and tallest in the country at 45 meters. Gourmands may try popular local dishes like bagnet (crispy pork belly), longganisa (sweet sausage links), empanada (a deep fried pastry stuffed with longganisa), and the simple but tasty vegetable soup dinengdeng.
Laoag is the gateway to many beautiful tourist destinations as well as historical and cultural sites in the north. Laoag is the best jump-off point to Kabigan Falls and Blue Lagoon Cove in Pagudpud; the windmills in Bangui; Paoay Lake National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Paoay Church, and the Malacañang of the North or Balay ti Amianan (former President Marcos’s official residence in Ilocos Norte) in Paoay; Cape Bojeador in Burgos; and the Sand Dunes of La Paz.
Almost every year, we go to Vigan in Ilocos Sur to visit our relatives. We always go the land route and the trip is long and tiring for all. Maybe we can try flying SEAIR next time. Hopefully someday soon, SEAIR will have something similar to a Piso fare promo so the whole family can experience flying out to Ilocos.
SEAIR is defined by its reliability in terms of on-time flights, customer experience, brand-new jet aircraft deliveries, and value fare offerings in the market. The airline always focuses on customer service by providing passengers a most pleasant and convenient flight experience, and offering very competitive fares. Another distinct feature is SEAIR’s support of Pinoy-made products which are being sold at the Inflight Shop. The 100% Philippine-made products are made by NGOs that support marginalized communities.
SEAIR’s daily Manila-Laoag flights are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. and Laoag-Manila flights at 3:00 p.m. It uses new A319 and A320 aircraft, which can accommodate up to 180 passengers.
SEAIR is offering introductory fares to Laoag at PHP699 for travel until June 30, 2013. Passengers must book their tickets via www.tigerairways.com to avail of the special rates.
SEAIR is a 40-percent-owned associate airline of Tiger Airways Holdings. SEAIR adopts Tiger Airways’ business model and offers value fares to domestic and international destinations within a five-hour flying radius of the Philippines.
For more information, visit www.tigerairways.com or like the SEAIR Facebook Fan Page for updates on promotions and new routes.