Tigerair expands in Davao

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Sunday, October 20, 2013


TAKING advantage of Davao Region's thriving tourism industry, Tigerair Philippines is expanding its operation in Davao City, Mindanao's premier hub and is home to some of the country's top beach and mountain resorts.

Tigerair, will service the Davao-Manila-Davao route, offering a once-a-day flight from Mondays to Sundays using the 144-seater Airbus 319 aircraft starting December 2.

The airline will be the fifth to fly to Davao City, through the F. Bangoy International Airport. Other airlines that service the same route are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, AirPhil Express, and Zest Airways.

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In 2012, the number of visitor arrivals, both local and foreign tourists, reached 1.075 million or a growth of 45 percent from the previous year's 744,275. The City Tourism Office reported it was the first time the city recorded the one million mark in terms of tourist arrivals, attributing this to additional flight connectivity in the city.

As Asia Pacific's leading value-for-money airline, Tigerair is offering a special Manila-Davao promo fare for as low as P499. Purchase period is ongoing until seats last with travel validity from December 2, 2013 to March 29, 2014. Passengers can log on to www.tigerair.com to avail of the promo.

Davao City has been recognized as one of the most liveable cities in Southeast Asia and as a melting pot, offers visitors a glimpse of its rich cultural diversity through heritage sites such as the T'Boli Weaving Center, which showcases the intricate "tinalak" fabric loomed by hand, and the Davao Museum, famous for its collection of tribal art.

Davao Region is also an extreme adventurer's paradise with activities like spelunking, white-water rafting, skimboarding, ziplining, and diving all being offered close to the city. Mt. Apo, the Philippines' highest peak at 10,311 feet is found in the region.

In a press statement, Tigerair has vowed to continue to push boundaries in low-cost travel with its high performance standards and innovative services that connect Filipinos to the rest of the world.

"Ultimately, the airline offers its passengers an unforgettable, hassle-free travel experience with families and friends," the statement said.

Among Tigerair's awards are the "best in-flight meals in the low cost airline category" at the Asia Pacific Airline Food Awards 2012 and "low cost airline of the year award" at Capa's Aviation Awards for Excellence in 2010.

Tigerair flies domestic via Ninoy Aqunio International Airport Terminal 4 with flights from Manila to Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, and Tacloban.

Aside from Manila-Phuket, its other international flights include, Clark to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, and Kalibo to Singapore.

Tigerair, established in 2004, is a leading Singapore-based no frills airline that offers affordable travel options and a seamless customer experience. Tigerair comprises four airlines, namely Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Australia, Tigerair Philippines, and Tigerair Mandala.

Collectively, the group's network extends to over 50 destinations across 13 countries in the Asia Pacific. It operates a fleet of 48 Airbus A320-family aircraft, averaging less than three years of age.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 21, 2013.

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