Airlines considering Davao-Korea direct flights

Subscribe Now July 21, 2013 at 09:23pm

The Department of Tourism in this region (DOT-XI) is preparing for the opening of direct flights from Korea to Davao.

Speaking at the opening of the Korean information desk at the Davao International airport on Saturday, July 20, DOT-XI regional director Art Boncato said airlines are now thinking seriously of opening direct flight to Davao City from Incheon, South Korea with the help of the Route Development Division of the DOR central office.

Boncato is optimistic the direct flight would be materialized within this year.

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Hyuk Lee also expressed the need to launch a direct flight from Korea to Davao.

Ambassador Lee also graced the opening of the information desk at the Davao airport and noted that of the 1 million Koreans who visited the Philippines in 2012, only 10,000 visited Davao.

Ambassador Lee said connectivity is one of the most important factors in promoting tourism.

“Davao is less known to the Koreans in comparison to Boracay or Manila”, the ambassador stressed, adding that there is a need to promote the city in collaboration with the Korean tourism and airline companies.

“Davao deserves more Korean tourists, the place is beautiful and its people are kind and hospitable”, Ambassador Lee added.

In a statement given to the media, DOT-XI stated that series of invitations and presentations were already done by the office to Jin Air and Jeju Air of Korea.

Both airlines, the statement added, have expressed interests in conducting ocular visits to the city.

Earlier this year, the Busan Air had already conducted inspections in the city, the statement said.


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