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Tourism boom seen in Davao

Boom in tourism in Davao City is highly expected with the anticipation of more direct international flights to different destinations to eliminate the need to go to Manila first before flying to any destination abroad.
Beginning December 21, 2017, budget carrier AirAsia will start flying from the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, the airport that serves Davao City to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
At the moment, only direct flights to Changi International Airport in Singapore is available via the airport here, said Hector Nabua, officer-in-charge of the airport. 
Despite the lone direct international flight, Francisco Bangoy remains the busiest airport in Mindanao, edging those in Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga, the second and third busiest in terms of arrivals and aircraft landings/takeoffs.
“Currently, we have an average 74 domestic arrivals a day. Davao is the busiest airport in Mindanao. Yes the place is fast growing,” Nabua told the Daily Tribune in a chance interview.
The city, located more than 1,500 kilometers from Manila, is known for many monickers such as “crown jewel of Mindanao,” “fruit basket of the Philippines” and “king city of the south.” 
A look at Google gives thousands of information about the city. Most notable among these information are: the haven for best tasting durians, last frontier for the Philippine eagle, home of the highest peak in the Philippines and lastly the city where a longest serving mayor became president. 
Eric Apolonio, spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said the airport in Davao is set for expansion both in passengers’ capacity and runway length. “It’s already earmarked along with other airports like in Tagbilaran, Silay and Bicol.
The spokesman said the expansion of the airport plus the start of more international flights from there will enable those who want to travel outside the Philippines to skip going to Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to flying to their choice foreign destinations.
“That will lessen traffic in the city and help those travelling to save from more expenses,” the spokesman added.
Other sources who spoke to the Tribune said the tourism potential of the city is very big but it’s not harnessed because of peace and order situation in other areas outside the very bustling city.
The source said the national government should help the city get rid of extremism which is evident when travelling to Samal island by land. “It’s safer to go there by boat because the land route is infested with undesirable people,” the source added.   

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