A regional airline company will launch its maiden flight between Davao City and Tagbilaran City, Bohol on Sunday, Christmas Day, heeding the call of both local government units which passed their respective council resolution addressed to Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air.
Davao City tourism officer Jason C. Magnaye said the Cebu-based Midsea Express will utilize the 32-seater jetstream aircraft in flying three times weekly to both destinations.
“I think they are targeting the weekend by flying passengers there on Friday, then come back on Monday,” he said.
He said the direct flight between Davao and Tagbilaran will take a little less than an hour. Just a bit longer than Davao and Cebu and the cost is quite affordable with an introductory airfare price of about P2,000.
At present, a tourist from Davao will have to fly to Cebu, then take a fastcraft to Tagbilaran. The whole trip will take nearly three hours, he said.
On the other hand, Arturo C. Boncato Jr., regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) here, said domestic tourism remains the backbone of the tourism industry of the city.
“Davao City is fortunate to be connected to new destinations like Tagbilaran as it diversifies the city’s domestic mix with probable new markets,” he said.