More direct int’l flights needed for IT growth

  • April 10, 2017

DAVAO CITY April 10 (PIA)- Davao City needs more direct international flights for its ICT (information communication technology) sector to grow.


Eric Manalastas of NextBPO and an officer of the BPO Association of Davao Inc. (BPO-ADI) said that many business process outsourcing companies (BPO) would send its people to its offices in Davao, more international flights would be convenient for these foreign personnel.


Manalastas said that many of the flights going to Davao are from Manila. The only foreign flights in the Davao International Airport are from Singapore.


“They don’t like going to Manila and the Singapore flights are so few, they cannot adjust their time for it.” Manalastas said of the foreign BPO visitors preferences.


Many of these personnel are from the offices in United States, Europe and Australia.


“Many would like that they can go to their offices in Davao for one day. But with the current flights it cannot be done.”


Many of the foreign BPO personnel would visit Davao for knowledge sharing such as trainings. Small scale meetings can be done through web conferencing.


New BPO companies in Davao also have foreign IT personnel deployed for weeks to set-up the offices.


Manalastas said that airline costs does not matter much but the top consideration is convenience for these visiting BPO personnel as they want an easy, hassle-free flight to Davao.


If there would be more direct flights, Manalastas said they can entice more BPO companies to set up shop in Davao City. (PIA/RG Alama)

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