The Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced that it will be opening a new international route from the Mactan Cebu International Airport next year to cater to the growing market in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao.
“We open this new international flight to serve Mindanao and Visayas, so those passengers from Davao and the rest of Mindanao will need not to go to Manila to fly to LA,” said Victor Suarez, PAL’s officer-in-charge and area head manager for Mindanao.
According to Suarez, two units of Boeing 777 aircraft will be sent to Cebu at the third quarter of 2016 to be used for the flights that will be scheduled three times a week.
Meanwhile, the officer of the country’s flag carrier also noted that while they are looking into the possibility of opening direct international flights from the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao, the company’s current priority is focused on adding more domestic flights that ferry passengers from Davao to Cebu.
“In Cebu we have a number of international flights including China, Japan and soon to be Los Angeles, USA, so those from Davao can go to Cebu then fly directly to international destinations,” Suarez said.
At present, Davao only hosts international flights departing to and arriving from Singapore through Cebu Pacific and SilkAir, with the latter being a private chartered airline.