More international flights in Davao pushed

Subscribe Now March 16, 2012 at 12:05pm

The local government here aimed to position the city as another gateway to the Philippines, said City Mayor Sara Duterte. At present, the city government is in talks with a number of airlines to have direct flights to Davao.

The city mayor said that by encouraging foreigners to come to the directly Davao, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila would be declogged.

"For the next 75 years, we hope to position Davao in Asia as a gateway to the Philippines," Duterte said in interview at the sidelines of the 75th founding anniversary rites of the city.

"We've been trying to encourage regional budget airlines to come to Davao and make it their entry point," she said.

Duterte said Tiger Airways has expressed its plans of making Davao as an entry point on its flights from Singapore.

Duterte noted that at present, only Silk Air has direct flights to Davao from Singapore.

"We've made arrangements with Air Asia to have flights from Clark to Davao," she added.

According to Duterte, the unique feature of Davao is its highly urbanized character while still maintaining its rural setting.

Duterte said their campaign tagline "Life is here" aims to catch the locals' attention to take care of the city for it to be presentable to the guests.

"It's more fun in Davao because of the people. Dabawenyos are very strong in character and they are very proud that they are from Davao," she said.

Duterte also noted the city's "highland to island" ecotourism feature, wherein guests could hike to Mr. Apo and go down to the islands of Samal.


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