Davao, Cebu airports prep for AirAsia launch

Subscribe Now March 27, 2012 at 08:23am

Agencies in charge of international airports in Clark and Davao are slated to sign on Wednesday a cooperation deal in line with the launching of AirAsia Philippines’ maiden flight between the two sites. “Finally, the efforts of both the public and the private sector have paid off with the sister airports agreement between the two international airports in the country,” said Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde, president of the Davao Chamber Commerce and Industry, Inc., who pursued this initiative.

Victor Jose I. Luciano, president of Clark International Airport Corp., reportedly raised the need for a sisterhood pact late last year as he also revealed his plans to talk with Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express to service the route.

This had been in line with the government’s plan to promote provincial airports to de-clog the saturated Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Mr. Luciano is said to be keen on luring AirAsia to put a second hub in the Philippines in Davao City next.

He said the Davao airport today is what Clark was in 2003.

A year later, due to aggressive promotion to outside markets and representation from the air panel, Clark recorded 44 international flights in 2004 with more than 7,000 international passengers.

In 2010, Clark registered 5,334 international flights with more than 600,000 passengers.

The Koreans topped the list of tourists going to Clark and followed by the Malaysians.

“The Malaysians come in batches to Clark. I don’t see why they can’t come to Davao City when it’s nearer here,” Mr. Luciano said.

Source: bworldonline.com

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