Tourism pa more: Davao City eyes added flights at Davao Airport

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Citing an increase in the number of tourists visiting Davao City, the city council is eyeing more local and international flights at the Davao International Airport (Francisco Bangoy International Airport).

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre raised the idea in a privilege speech at the city council session last Aug. 2, Davao Today reported.

“(The Departments of Tourism and Transportation) answered our request. These agencies have made a pre-announcement that Davao will be accessible to international and domestic tourists,” he said.

He said the tourism department agreed one of the issues that the city faces is its connection to the international hubs and local destinations.

Alejandre said a Davao International Connectivity Inter-agency meeting was held last July 29 to seek additional local and international flights.

Represented at the meeting were the Departments of Transportation and Tourism, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Mindanao Development Authority and airlines such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, and Silk Air.

“Airlines will provide information to the key government offices under the present roots development program and future plans to chart the development of the tourism,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said they will revisit the gaps identified by the airport inspection team created by the Regional Development Council (RDC).

Government offices and regional development bodies will work on the tourism and transportation needs identified by the airport inspection committee, he said.

The meeting also sought to align the programs of the national and local government units and to provide incentives for international carriers.