Cathay Dragon to increase Davao-Hong Kong flights for summer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/1 April) – Cathay Dragon will increase the frequency of its Davao City-Hong Kong flights from four to six times a week from April 4 to May 4, following a strong demand from local and Chinese tourists during summer, an company official said.

Camille Rosales, the airline’s sales executive for Mindanao, said in an interview on Monday that the firm, using its 236-seater Airbus 320 and A321 jets, hopes to serve more travelers from both sides as it expects the demand for Davao-Hong Kong to spike during summer.

She said Cathay Dragon has been seeing a good number of passengers, mostly tourists and overseas Filipino workers, for its Davao City-Hong Kong flights since its launch on October 30, 2018.

Rosales said the demand from both sides continues to grow.

“There is good acceptance for the international flight. It’s really good,” she said.

The City Tourism Office recorded a total of 2.39 million tourists in 2018. There were 2 million visitors in 2017.

Chinese tourists were the third biggest market of the city with 10,827. Americans were first with 21,324 followed by Japanese with 12,800.

The city also recorded 8,936 Korean visitors, 7,117 Australians, 6,509 Indians, 5,392 Canadians, 4,985 Singaporeans, 4,287 British, 2,703 Emiratis, 2,449 Malaysians, 2,398 Germans, 2,338 Thais, 2,242 Saudia Arabians, and 1,868 Taiwanese in 2018.

Cathay’s Davao-Hong Kong flights currently rank second in terms of the number of flights from the city to foreign destinations.

The other major international flights are the Davao-Singapore trips of SilkAir and Cebu Pacific and the Davao-Quanzhou in Jinjiang, China departures of XiamenAir launched on December 18, 2018. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)