Davao – Manado Air Route To Be Revived?

It is likely that Davao International Airport is going to get busier soon.

In addition to the upcoming domestic flights from Air Asia Philippines are added into the list of flights coming over to Davao City, a possibility of reviving an old route is going to take place.

Talks to resume flights between Davao and Manado, the capital of Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province, is now on going and hopes the connection will take place within the year. During the recent 3rd Mega Travel Sale held at Abreeza Mall, Krizia Tan of Davao Travel Agencies Association told reporters that Garuda, Indonesia’s flag carrier and another Indonesian carrier, have expressed desire to fly between Davao and Manado. Part of the plan is to reopen the Davao-Manado route twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays).

Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that both Jakarta-based Lion Air, a budget airline in Indonesia, and Manila-based Zest Air have expressed to operate the Davao-Manado route.

The last flight between the two cities took place in 2008 and previous operators include Bouraq Airlines, Wings Air and Merpati Airlines, a sister company of Indonesia’s flag carrier Garuda Airlines.

Davao City is home to Indonesian residents so establishing back the Davao-Manado air route will also help them reunite with countrymen. Businessmen in Davao and Manado can explore each other’s cities to spur economic activity. These flights also enable Indonesian and Filipino tourists explore both Manado and Davao.

In short, there’s a lot to gain with the reopening of Davao-Manado air link. Make it happen.

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