South Korean Carriers Said Eyeing Davao


Regional Tourism director Arturo P. Boncato, Jr. told journalists here that Air Busan had even sent a team to inspect facilities of Davao International Airport.

Mr. Boncato, who visited South Korea last month, added that two other airline companies — Jin Air and Jeju Air — have also signified their interest to fly the route.

The city’s tourism industry stakeholders have been pushing for years for additional flights between Davao and other key destinations, particularly within Asia, to lure more foreign tourists.

However, despite continued promotion of the city as a tourist destination, a number of airline companies have noted traffic between this city and foreign destinations has been “very thin.”

One route that was not sustained in the last five years was the one linking this city with Manado, Indonesia under the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area initiative.

The city, however, still has regular direct flights to Singapore.

The situation with South Korean tourists is different, claimed Mr. Boncato.

He noted that volume of visitors from South Korea — mainly students and families — has even prompted the Davao Korean Association to put up an information desk at the airport.

“We look forward (to the possibility of an air service between South Korea and the city) within the year,” Mr. Boncato said, adding that his office has been pushing particularly for a direct flight to the city of Incheon in South Korea.

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