Euro­pean car­ri­ers mull di­rect flights to Phl

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - By MARY GRACE PADIN

Some Euro­pean air­lines have ex­pressed their in­ter­est to fly di­rectly to the Philip­pines, the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) said.

Er­win Balane, head of DOT’s route de­vel­op­ment team, told the STAR the agency was in talks with some Eu- ro­pean air­lines to mount their flights here in the Philip­pines.

The team con­nected with the Euro­pean air­lines through the re­cent World Route De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum in Chengdu, China.

But Balane did not pro­vide the names and de­tails of the in­ter­ested car­ri­ers, say­ing dis­cus­sions are still in their early stage.

“As a re­sult of our par­tic­i­pa­tion in World Routes 2016 in Chengdu, we were able to en­gage not only the Chi­nese, but Euro­pean car­ri­ers as well to fly to the Philip­pines,” Balane said.

“No de­tails yet but they al­ready sig­ni­fied their in­ter­est and they’re com­ing for ocu­lar in­spec­tion ( of air­ports),” he added.

Balane ear­lier told the STAR the Philip­pines was look­ing for­ward to more char­ter flights from China.

Just last month, Xi­a­men Air­lines con­ducted two trial char­ter flights to Davao car­ry­ing Chi­nese tourists and busi­ness­men.

Other op­er­a­tors from Bei­jing and Chengdu are also eye­ing char­ter flights to Du­maguete and Cebu, re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, Balane said Air Asia is also set to mount new flights this week. These flights in­clude Taipei- Cebu, Sin­ga­pore- Cebu and Kuala Lumpur-Cebu.

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