A Singapore-based low-budget airline, and a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is set to operate the Singapore-Davao-Singapore route beginning November this year.
Mayor Sara Duterte announced today during her regular program aired live through the Davao City Disaster Radio that an international airline is set to fly the Davao route this year.
Tecson said the flights will address the gap resulting from the cap imposed for arriving passengers in Manila and Clark.
“And the demand is high for Filipinos wanting to go home specially since its nearing Christmas,” she said.
Tecson said “there is also a demand for flights directly to Davao so that Mindanaoans will not have to go to Manila or Cebu or Clark for inbound/outbound flights.”
She said the city will impose the same protocols as mandated by the “IATF/DoTr/DOH-BOQ that we are already implementing for repat flights except that we ask that passengers be tested before travel.”
This is the first international airline that will offer inbound and outbound flights to and from the city during the pandemic. Tecson said PAL operated inbound flights during the pandemic which serviced the Dubai-Davao route.
Several international airlines flying the Davao route suspended their operations at some point during the pandemic. These are the Davao-Hongkong-Davao route operated by Cathay Dragon, the Davao-Quanzhou-Davao route by Xiamen Air, the Davao-Singapore-Davao route by Cebu Pacific, and the Davao-Singapore-Davao route by SilkAir.