Filipino BAe 146 operator SkyJet added Siargao Island to its network. Siargao Island is touted as the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’ and hosts an annual world surfing competition. Like many other SkyJet destinations, Siargao is a restricted airport, with a runway length of only 1,326m/4,420ft and hot ambient temperatures. BAe 146-100 RP-C5255 (msn E1104) operated a ceremonial inaugural flight to Siargao on 22 February, carrying officials from the Department of Transportation and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), journalists, tour operators, and winners of a free flight competition. Regular services began two days later as M8 421/422. SkyJet had planned to operate to Siargao in 2013, but those plans were put on hold after it lost 146-200 RP-C5525 (msn E2031) in a landing accident at Balesin that October. Flights to Siargao will be operated four times a week initially, becoming daily later this year. The recent addition of former StarPerú BAe 146-200 RP-C3855 (msn E2087) to SkyJet’s fleet is allowing it to add new destinations, and to increase frequencies to existing destinations. Flights to Busuanga were increased to three times daily on 20 February 20, and flights to Batanes will become daily on 14 March.
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