Davao-HK flights eyed

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

THE City Gov­ern­ment of Davao is now fi­nal­iz­ing talks with Cebu Pa­cific for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Davao-Hong Kong di­rect flight.

On the side­lines of the of­fi­cial light­ing of Damosa Land’s Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, com­mit­tee chair on Tourism and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions coun­cilor Al Ryan Ale­jan­dre told Suns­tar Davao that a Davao-Hong Kong di­rect flight will hope­fully be launched by next year.

He added what trig­gered the talks on in­ter­na­tional di­rect flight to and from Davao is the high de­mand of cus­tomers for it.

Cur­rently, he said, there is re­ally a high de­mand for Davao-Hong Kong to be fi­nally es­tab­lished. “We’re work­ing out for the DavaoHong Kong.

Soon, there are still other routes com­ing. We are just talk­ing with the dif­fer­ent air­line com­pa­nies to help us.

We are also talk­ing with Philip­pine Air­lines and other air­lines what their plans are for Davao also,” Ale­jan­dre said.

He also said aside from flight to Hong Kong, one of the high­est de­mand is a di­rect flight to Ja­pan, which the com­mit­tee also plan to lobby with the dif­fer­ent air­lines.

This year, Cebu Pa­cific had launched a num­ber of di­rect do­mes­tic flights to and from Davao.

Just this July, the DavaoDu­maguete and the DavaoTa­cloban were launched.

In pre­vi­ously pub­lished re­ports, Cebu Pa­cific Air­lines cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Charo Lag­a­mon said they tar­get to serve 20 mil­lion pas­sen­gers for 2017.

For the first quar­ter, they have al­ready served 4.8 mil­lion pas­sen­gers equiv­a­lent to about P6.8 bil­lion rev­enue.

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