International budget airline TigerAir is expected to start flights to Davao City through chartered carrier next month.
This was confirmed by Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (DCCCII) President Arturo Milan in an interview with media. “That is their timeline. That will be sometime last quarter of this year. They will start a charter flight in October. Their plan is after two chartered flights, they will start their commercial operation, I really dont know what’s after that. I havent talked to them (TigerAir) yet,” said Milan.
He said the attractiveness of Davao City is what Tiger Air considered in opening the said flight.
“Even the Taiwanese are looking at the attractiveness of Davao,” he said.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for direct flights between Davao City and Taiwan. Last month, the regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT 11) had welcomed Taiwanese travel agents and a representative from Singapore’s Tiger Airways, who visited to explore the popular tourist spots of the city.
Apart from TigerAir, DCCCII is also working for the Davao-Japan direct flight.
Milan shared that DOT Undersecretary Art Boncato made an analysis of the four direct flights during their meetings.
“What they are up to and coming. Also what they expect for the airlines in terms of the inbound and outbound. It was more of a market intellignece for our tourism stakeholders to appreciate it use it to their own advantage. Even AirAsia was surprised because Air Asia was there,” he said.
Another carrier Garuda Indonesia has scheduled on September 27, 2019 its initial flight from Manado to Davao using a 70-seater ATR 72-600 aircraft.
The flight is in support of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) to strengthen linkages, good relations, trade and economic partnership.
“We have to appreciate also the effort being done by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia because of their commitment to BIMP-EAGA which is a very noble endeavor for me,” Milan said.