THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Central Visayas (DoT-7) is hoping that the planned Cebu-Bangkok route by Thai Smile Airways, a subsidiary of Thailand flag carrier Thai Airways International, will push through soon. Judy D. Gabato, DoT-7 officer-in-charge regional director, said talks on the route had been undertaken, with the Philippine’s tourism attaché in Thailand among those pushing for the plan. “Hopefully it will materialize,” Ms. Gabato said in a recent interview. A March 28 report on the Bangkok Post said Thai Smile Airways’ planned launch of daily flights between Bangkok and Cebu was being put off for two months because of document processing issues. “Admittedly, we were not quite familiar with their procedures, resulting in more time required to complete the process,” Thai Smile acting Chief Executive Woranate Laprabang was quoted as saying. The launch was originally set for May 1. The new route is seen to cater to travelers to and from the two destinations as well as using Bangkok as a connecting point to Europe, the Middle East, and India. — The Freeman