Air Busan eyes Korea-Davao route

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

REGIONAL airline Air Busan is looking the possibility of opening a Korea-Davao route as part of its expansion to the Philippines.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde said she and executives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 met with representatives from Air Busan in Davao City recently to discuss the airline's expansion plans.

Monteverde said Air Busan, a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, is now conducting a preliminary survey for a feasibility study.


She said the plan was for Air Asia to open up a charter flight first from Korea direct to Davao City.

Air Busan's plan to open a Korea-Davao route was announced by Monteverde during the DCCCII 5th General Membership Meeting at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao last May 25.

Just last March, low cost carrier AirAsia successfully staged its inaugural flight from Clark to Davao City. The maiden flight was held on the same day the DCCCII was holdings its 4th GMM.

Monteverde also announced that last April, the Davao International Airport was promoted to the rest of the world in the Routes Asia Conference in Chengdu, China. DCCCII made this happen in cooperation with the REID Foundation.

"Our efforts in promoting Davao as an ideal investment destination for the aviation industry are bearing fruit," Monteverde said.

During the 5th GMM, Monteverde said preparations are also in full swing for the staging of the Davao Trade Expo (Date) on October 25 to 27 at the SMX Davao Convention Center of the soon-to-be-opened SM Lanang.

To be featured in this year's event is the first-ever Mindanao Livestock, Poultry and Aquaculture Congress.

Date 2012 will be held in partnership with the Davao Hog Farmers Association and Southern Philippines Egg Producers Association.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2012.


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