Ilonggos pour excitement for the first-ever international flights from Iloilo Airport to Hong Kong and Singapore and vice versa which kick off Nov. 8 via the country’s leading carrier Cebu Pacific.

The historic flight takes off 11:10pm Nov. 8 from Iloilo Airport to Hong Kong while the maiden inbound international flight will touchdown here 4:45am Nov. 9.

The Iloilo to Singapore flight will take off 10:40pm Nov. 9 while the returning flight will touchdown here 6:10am Nov. 10 with a warm welcome by Dinagyang drummers for a group of Singaporean travel agents who are coming over for travel exchanges, familiarization with Iloilo City and cooking up tour packages.

The international flights open Iloilo doors to the world while bringing tourism and economic opportunities in the metropolis, stressed Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Promo tickets were sold out early even as Ilonggos are excited to go on shopping and vacation to Hong Kong and Singapore.

The direct flights going here are also in time for the city’s premier celebration, the Dinagyang Festival in January in anticipation for the influx of visitors.

Ilonggos abroad expressed commendations and well-wishers to local officials and stakeholders who pushed for the realization of the international flights.

They affirmed convenience and accessibility by doing away with connecting flights even as they wish for and foresee future flights to South Korea, US and Middle East.

“This is just the start, there will be more to come,” exclaimed John Gajé on a City Government’s Facebook post announcing the development.

“Cheers! I will now have an easy time to go on vacation,” said Mary Jane Java Olivares.

“Awesome. Can’t wait to go back home,” said Missy Alla.

“Wow very impressive! That’s really exciting, it will bring in more tourists and more to Iloilo. Great job!,” said Mary May Guevara .

Mila Demapitan Celoso said “traveling home won’t take so long now with the direct flight which is being regularly advertized in Singapore media.”

“Pretty cool drop off to Disneyland then Iloilo, love it,” said Neng Dowling.

Inaugural photo credits: Tara Yap