Davao-Manado route revival soon

Subscribe Now March 06, 2012 at 08:02am

THE much-awaited reopening of the Davao-Manado route will finally take place later this month or in April. No less than new Indonesian Consul General in Davao City Eko Hartono made the announcement during the opening of the 3rd Davao Mega Travel Sale last Friday at the Activity Center of Abreeza Mall.

Hartono, in his message to the organizers and exhibitors of the three-day sale expo, said the Davao-Manado connection will be reopened with two flights a week -- Mondays and Thursdays. Manado is the capital of North Sulawesi province of Indonesia.

Hartono did not name the airline which will fly the route, but a staff in his office said Lion Air has the inside track. Lion Air is Indonesia's largest privately run airline.

The announcement came as good news to the private sector and tourism officials and stakeholders in attendance, including Tourism Congress president Celine Clemente, Davao Regional Tourism Council chair Mary Ann "Baby" Montemayor, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Malou Monteverde and Davao Travel Agencies Association president Krizia Tan.

Local officials of the city as well as tourism leaders in the Davao Region had been urging airline companies to launch more direct flights in the Brunie-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines quadrangle. They had also long pushed for the reopening of the Davao-Manado route.

The reopening could happen in March or April, in time for the First Equator Asia Air Access Forum which Davao City will host.

Airline companies like the Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, SeaAir and Air Asia will be participating in the forum.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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