PAL launches three more domestic routes from Davao

DAVAO CITY—Philippine Airlines (PAL) mounted three more domestic flights over the holidays from the airport here as it widens its use of provincial hubs to avoid the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

On Wednesday, it launched its Tagbilaran and Cagayan de Oro routes, and then its Zamboanga route on Thursday.

Tagbilaran would have four flights a week, Cagayan de Oro with daily flights and Zamboanga with three flights.

Three other routes were being studied for possible opening from this airport within the next two years, but the company declined to identify them yet.

PAL mounted early this year its Japan flight, with stopover at the Mactan airport.

Harry D. Inoferio, PAL senior assistant vice president for the Visayas-Mindanao sales, told reporters here the new flights would be complemented with three new daily flights that also from the Cebu hub: Siargao in Surigao del Norte, Camiguin, Ozamiz City and Legazpi City.

On December 2 PAL would fly three times to Bangkok from Cebu, but it would mount its Beijing flight earlier on November 5.

Also in December  Cagayan de Oro City would also begin serving Clark.

He said PAL would mount more flights as its order for new aircraft would also begin arriving in the country. For delivery are 12 Q400 turboprop planes that can seat 86, including six premium seats; four A350 that can seat 280 persons; eight A321 Neo with 200 seat-capacity; and two B347, with 280 seats.

From its existing fleet of A330, eight were refurbished to accommodate three class seats: business, premium and economy.

Tourism Regional Director Roberto P. Alabado III said the Davao airport is gradually getting more flights from various promotions campaign but, at the rate when night flights have become regular, he said the airport remains underutilized.

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