Cathay Dragon lands in Davao

Aviation Updates Philippines - Cathay Pacific's full-service regional subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, has launched direct services between Hong Kong and Davao on Sunday, October 28.
DAVAO TO HONG KONG DIRECT. Cathay Pacific's regional subsidiary has launched direct services between Hong Kong and Davao City on Sunday. Photo by Dirk Salcedo - PPSG/AUP.
Flight KA347 arrived in Davao at around 3:36pm local time. The Airbus A321 aircraft was welcomed by a traditional water canon salute which marks another milestone for the City of Davao and Cathay Dragon.

Direct flights between Davao and Hong Kong will fly four times weekly every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. It will be flown by its Airbus A320 fleet capable of flying 164 passengers in two classes.

"I am very excited for the first flight from Davao to HK. We’ve always had close ties with the Philippines. Manila was one of our first destinations more than 70 years ago. In fact, every week we have 70 flights between Manila and HK. Since then we have expanded. Now we have Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Davao," Cathay Pacific commercial director Ronald Lam said.

He added: "Davao has been in the radar for a long time and I am glad that it is a reality today. Between January and December, we had to add seven additional flights just to cover the existing demand."

The inaugural flight was received by Cathay Pacific executives, the City Government of Davao, and other aviation officials in the country.

“This is a truly exciting day for Davao City. Today is a historic day for us as we have our first flight to Davao. It is our goal to help every investor and every business in the city. We are here to make sure your business will work, and I am 100 percent sure that this endeavor between Cathay Dragon and Davao City is a long term business plan. We want to see more Hong Kongers in Davao, and Davaoenos and Mindanaoans in Hong Kong,” Davao City vice mayor Bernard Al-ag stressed.

Hong Kong is the second international destination out of Davao. The other one is Singapore operated by both SilkAir and Cebu Pacific Air.

Recently, AirAsia Malaysia pulled out from Davao due to low yield and passenger demand. However, the airline reassured that it will return to the city once market conditions prove to be viable.