Tourism officials, bizmen bullish over AirAsia plans

  • August 02, 2017

DAVAO CITY Aug. 2 (PIA)- Tourism stakeholders and businessmen are hopeful over the proposed expansion of regional budget airline AirAsia to Davao City.

Department of Tourism-XI regional director Robbie Alabado said it would be advantageous for Davao to have direct flights from international destinations, as it will make the city accessible to more tourists.

Currently the Davao to Singapore route serviced by Silkair is the only direct international connection in the airport.

AirAsia according to Alabado is also planning of building a new terminal in the Davao International Airport as it plans to make DIA as its hub. Earlier AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes on his visit to Davao has announced the opening of a Davao to Kuala Lumpur direct flight starting December 21, 2017 he also bared of planned connections to 10 cities in the region.

Antonio dela Cruz, chair of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (DCCCII) said the planned routes will depend on the turnout of the the KL-Davao route.

He is hopeful that AirAsia will do something about their plans citing the airline company’s project the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 which they made into a regional hub without cost incurred by the Malaysian government.

In his speech at the Davao Investment Conference last July 21, Fernandes cited the airport of Bandung in Indonesia, which was a sleepy airport before Air Asia established direct international flights. The city is currently a vibrant tourism destination with 23 international flights bringing in 10-million foreign tourists. (PIA/RG Alama)


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