THE Department or Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday that flights between Manado, Indonesia and Davao, Philippines will open soon.
In a media advisory, the agency quoted its representative to the meeting, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Deputy Executive Director Alexander Paul Rivera, as saying that the “route is targeted to resume this month.” “The Air Linkages Working Group also stressed that cooperation from the flagship airlines of the Philippines and Indonesia should be in place for the success of the resumption of flight operations on the said route between the two countries,” the advisory read.
Garuda Indonesia is expected to deploy its smaller planes for the route, which will be initially available once per week. The Philippines and Indonesia signed a commitment to promote the reestablishment of flights between Davao and Manado to mutually boost trade, tourism and investments between the two Asean nations in September 2018. The reestablishment of the flights between Davao and Manado is “an enhancement” of the air transport agreement signed by the two nations in 1972.