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Philippine Airlines Considers Regional Hub in Davao

National flag carrier Philippine Airlines is contemplating the possibility of developing a hub in Davao for regional and inter-island flights. According to Philippine Airlines President Jaime Bautista, Davao has proven to be a profitable market domestically. 

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"One of our profitable domestic routes is Davao," said Bautista. "Davao would be another airport that we would consider to be a hub." He added that Philippine Airlines was considering launching flights from Davao to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manado, Bali, Palau, and Australia.

While Philippine Airlines currently operates flights from Davao to Cebu and Manila, its chief rival, Cebu Pacific, already utilises Davao as a strategic hub with non-stop service to Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Manila, and Singapore. 

According to Cebu Pacific, Davao has emerged as one of the budget carrier's most popular destinations with an average 44,000 passengers flying on board Cebu Pacific flights out of Davao each week. Cebu Pacific operates a total of 128 weekly flights from Davao. In 2015, the annual passenger volume for Davao reached more than 2.15 million passengers for Cebu Pacific alone, representing an increase of 4 percent over the previous year.

Last year, Philippine Airlines invested in Cebu, where it revived its domestic hub with flights to six cities including Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, and Tacloban.  All flights are operated by Philippine Airlines' A320 fleet. 

Cebu has become a battleground for Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines as they pursue ambitious domestic expansion in an effort to establish dominance and control market share. Both carriers have added capacity in Cebu this year across several domestic routes. Davao is likely to become the next battleground.

5 comments:

  1. It's about time. Davao - Clark and Davao - Hong Kong shouldn't be forgotten.
    Or instead of sharing the DVO-Singapore passengers with Cebu Pacific start with CdO-Singapore.

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  2. While Metro Manila has numerous municipalities - 16 if I remember - Davao City is the second largest city in terms of population in Philippines, not Cebu City as many of us would assume.

    This may be a smart move by PAL given that the new President hails from Davao City.

    However I'd urge caution as a route from Davao to an Australian city would struggle to fill even an A320neo.

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    1. Like metro manila, metro cebu has the population of around 3m comprising of around 13 cities and municipalities..and i think..not just the population of a certain city is being considered but the economic activities as well...while it maybe a smart move on the part of PAL.. that is still remains to be seen compared to cebu city wherein they (including cepac) have already an established hub...

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    2. Like metro manila, metro cebu has the population of around 3m comprising of around 13 cities and municipalities..and i think..not just the population of a certain city is being considered but the economic activities as well...while it maybe a smart move on the part of PAL.. that is still remains to be seen compared to cebu city wherein they (including cepac) have already an established hub...

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  3. Will be nice to have more international flights to dvo! To go over MNL airport is all the time a horibble trip. MNL is bad managed airport and the worst in Asia. There will be more tourist in Davao if there is a way to go there without go over MNL.

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