PAL Keen to Establish Davao Hub to Serve Regional, International Routes

Philippine Airlines is keen on establishing a regional hub in Davao City to serve its Southeast Asian and Australian destinations.

PAL CEO Jaime Bautista said the airline would “definitely consider a hub,” at Davao’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Bautista said potential destinations for the carrier from Davao could include Singapore Changi, Malaysia’s KLIA2, Bali and Manado in Indonesia and Australian cities served by the flag carrier.

“In fact, some of our [most] profitable domestic routes are [already] out of Davao,” he said of existing services to Manila and Cebu.

In an effort to ease congestion and flight delays coming in and out of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippine carriers such as Cebu Pacific have set up hubs Davao. PAL is planning to expand on both regional and international routes — it launched non-stop flights from Manila to Saipan on June 15 — as it awaits the delivery of the first of six Airbus A350-900 aircraft within two years.

“With this new [schedule], Filipinos now have a direct link from Saipan to our country. This new flight is keenly awaited,” Bautista said.

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