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Flights and loads of new flights around Asia

The number of chartered flights linking the cities of Seoul and Davao each week will be doubled due to the upsurge of Korean tourists to the city, Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano said.

Durano said chartered flights will be increased to four times a week from the current twice a week flights.

On the other hand, three airline companies have been competing to service the Davao City-Kota Kinabalu-Brunei route, announced by Margarita Montemayor, chair of the BIMP-EAGA Tourism Council.

Direct flights from Davao to Shanghai is also currently being mulled.

Filed under: Davao Business Updates, Urban Developments in Davao

8 Responses

  1. nickilo says:

    TJ…. do you have an idea on the exact number of international routes which flies directly to Davao International Airport?

  2. Arnold says:

    Hi Jech, just dropping by to say hi and God speed in your blog.. :=)

  3. Alvin says:

    Well, on the contrary, it is still chartered flights, which means temporary.,
    I hope it will be regular flights., Davao has a very modern and elegant airport, and I hope the world can see it.,

  4. tjbrewed says:

    Tnx for visiting this page Alvin.I agree, it would be a great development if regular flights would be served. However, having chartered flights is a good boost to our tourism industry as well than having no flights at all right? IMO, everything has to start somwhere. And having chartered flights is a good way to start.

  5. Alvin says:

    Well tjbrewed, you have a good point on that., But it seems like it is more than 3 years already since the new airport was opened, but still, there are no major flights development.

    Actually, I was a bit disappointed because I thought once the new airport is open, it will also open regular fligts to japan. My sister(who is working in tokyo) is always complaining about the long and tiring flight back in davao. She has to drop by to manila just to get another flight to davao.

    Hmm., but infairness, I heard that Cebu Pacific will soon open flights between davao and tokyo. But. There is always a ‘but’., it is via cebu, so literally, there is no really international connection at all.,

  6. tjbrewed says:

    New flights and routes could have been added already if and only if the national government supported the call of Davao for an Open Skies. If you havent heard the news, several airlines like Viva Macau and Air Macau have already signified their intent to fly to and from Davao to China. Unfortunately, the plan did not pursue because of bureaucracy and strong oppositions of some local players and orgs. In fact, they created their call – “Save Our Skies”, against the “Open Skies” policy being pushed by the local officials in Davao.

    By the way, I’m a travel e-rep in profession, and believe it or not, we still consider flights that stop over a particular point as a direct flight. In this case, if Cebu Pacific will have a flight from Davao to Tokyo, even if they will stop over in Cebu – that is still a direct international flight. A direct flight is a flight from one city to another (with or without stopping / intermediate stops on a particular point) with no change in flight numbers or aircraft. Some are confused between a direct flight and a non stop flight. Hence, the upcoming flight of Cebu Pacific to Japan is an international flight between Davao and Japan.

  7. Alvin says:

    Now I see why., Thank you for the information. Maybe the government has its own reasons why they are not allowing that ‘Open Skies’ policy. Maybe the number 1 reason is for security purposes. But I hope, they will have second thoughts about it.

    Anywayz, what I mean is a non-stop flight. Even if you say that there is an International flight between davao and tokyo, it cannot be considered as an international connection at all, since you still have to stop over a hub or a city.

    A non-stop flight is the quickest way to get to davao or tokyo. But it is quite expensive because of the convenient it brings.

    However, I think flying non-stop is just the same as direct or connecting flight in terms of price, direct flight is less expensive, but you’ll have to pay additional charges for every airport you stop. So I think it is still the same.

    I think the only airlines that are flying non-stop to and from davao is silk-air(singapore), Sriwijaya Air(Manado) and Silk Air(Palau). Cebu Pacific recently opened routes between davao-singapore and davao-hong kong but it is all via cebu.

    Anywayz, I don’t travel frequently but Im very much interested in the aviation and travel industry.

  8. alvinfred says:

    Now I see why., Thank you for the information. Maybe the government has its own reasons why they are not allowing that ‘Open Skies’ policy. Maybe the number 1 reason is for security purposes. But I hope, they will have second thoughts about it.

    Anywayz, what I mean is a non-stop flight. Even if you say that there is an International flight between davao and tokyo, it cannot be considered as an international connection at all, since you still have to stop over a hub or a city.

    A non-stop flight is the quickest way to get to davao or tokyo. But it is quite expensive because of the convenient it brings.

    However, I think flying non-stop is just the same as direct or connecting flight in terms of price, direct flight is less expensive, but you’ll have to pay additional charges for every airport you stop. So I think it is still the same.

    I think the only airlines that are flying non-stop to and from davao is silk-air(singapore), Sriwijaya Air(Manado) and Silk Air(Palau). Cebu Pacific recently opened routes between davao-singapore and davao-hong kong but it is all via cebu.

    Anywayz, I don’t travel frequently but Im very much interested in the aviation and travel industry.

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