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Davao City pushes for direct flights to Japan

January 24, 2019 - Thursday 4:01 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

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DAVAO CITY -- The city government of Davao and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.(DCCCII) are pushing for direct flights between Davao City and Japan.

“The city government together with the DCCCII are now in talks with an airline company. We understand that this airline company already planned to put up a Japan to Davao direct flight before but it did not push through,” Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) head Lemuel Ortonio said.

Ortonio said series of meetings have already been conducted with their Japanese counterparts.

Direct flights between Davao and Japan would make it easier for potential investors to explore Davao City. It will also promote tourism between the two areas.

“This will be a gateway for the investors to explore the city and eventually invest here,” he said.

“There are already a few Japanese investors who look at the potential of Davao City in the agriculture and tourism aspect, but the scope can still be widen if we will push through the Davao to Japan direct flight,” he added.

DCCCII president Arturo Milan said that as the private business arm of the city, the chamber would like to establish the direct flight to help the business sector widen its market and eventually have new investments.

“It will all start with tourists exploring the city and later on exploring the potential of putting up their businesses here,” Milan said.
The initial plan is for the city to have a direct flight to Osaka or Tokyo.

Milan is positive the direct flight will be a success since the city already has a sister city agreement with Kitakyushu in Japan and considering that Davao and Japan have a good relationship.