New airline services Davao-Manado route
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (1 December) -- The Manado-Davao-Manado route is now being served by a new airline with its maiden flight that kicked off yesterday servicing mostly business travelers and some tourists.
Sriwijaya Airlines Air commercial director Aditya Wardana in an interview at the Davao International Airport said they will have a frequency of twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays and will test the route for three months.
He said what is that business travelers are interested. They had good purchasing power because they have the money and it is good for the business.
He meanwhile said that if they see a good improvement on the traffic they would consider opening other routes to the other areas of the Philippines.
"If the traffic is good we will consider opening other routes like Manado-Manila or Manado-Jakarta," he said.
He said they choose Manado as their origin because it is easier for them to connect to other cities in the region.
He said they started with their first trip yesterday from Manado to Davao with a load factor of 75 percent, "and this is a good start," he said.
The aircraft is a Boeing 737 with a seating capacity of 125. Round trip fare is $225 and flying time is about an hour and ten minutes.
Wardana said they had their promotion firm to handle the marketing and a designated general sales agent that will handle Davao.
Indonesia consul to Davao Bambang Gunawan in a separate interview said that new access would definitely strengthen ties between Manado and the other areas of Mindanao particularly Davao.
He said it could also develop new businesses as well as improve the flow of tourists.
The businessmen are interested on investing on agricultural products more particularly on corn and cacao and they also would want to bring to back to Indonesia fish products of the island. (PIA XI) [top]