Many Passengers Unaware of 1st Class Airport Services in Davao

Mar. 14, 2007

Davao City (14 March) — Many airline passengers are still not aware of the first class services they get through the Davao International Airport.

Philippine Airlines executive vice president Atty Domingo Duerme who is also president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) bared the lack of awareness among the travelers of Mindanao on the use of the Davao airport for their international trip.

He said that check in through services among international airlines are the same service that they get in other international airports outside of the country.

“What is offered in other international airports we offer it here in Davao,” he said.

He bared that travelers for the US or Japan after checking in at the Davao International Airport can immediately check in their connecting flight to the US or Japan.

“With this service the passenger will not be bothered of cargo transfer and booking for the next flight because it is already being served by airline upon check in at the DIA,” he said.

He also said that travelers from Davao will no longer stay overnight in Manila and spend for accommodation with the availability of flights for them to catch up with their international destination.

He said these are just among the services that they want Mindanao travelers to experience.

The Gateway Davao Blitz is a project spearheaded by the Department of Tourism and the Air Transportation Office with the private sector compose of the airline industries, the DCCCII and the Mindanao Business Council.

The promotional blitz will run from April to June and this will be brought to the key cities of the Davao region in Tagum, Mati and Digos. It will also go to other areas outside of Southern Mindanao in General Santos, Marbel, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Tacurong, Cagayan de Oro City, Kidapawan, Bukidnon, Butuan, and Surigao.

The team will also present the program during the meeting of the Chamber, travel exchange during exhibit and business meeting.

To formalize the partnership, the MinBC and DCCCII will take the lead in forging memorandum of understanding with the proponents – Department of Tourism, Air Transportation Office and other private entities, endorse the program to all concerned groups (under MinBC and DCCCII and present the program to generate support. (PIA XI)

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