Xiamen Airlines resumes flights between Quanzhou, Davao

AviationUpdatesPH.com – Xiamen Airlines resumed direct flights between Davao City and Quanzhou, China on October 29, 2023, after a hiatus of almost four years.

Photo from Department of Tourism - Region XI (DOT-XI) on Facebook.

The twice-weekly flights will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays, aboard Xiamen's Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The inaugural service from Quanzhou departed as flight MF-8695 at 8:58 AM and arrived in Davao at 12:20 PM. A traditional water cannon salute welcomed the Boeing 737 aircraft, with registry B-5386.

A water cannon salute welcomed the arriving aircraft from China. Photo from Department of Tourism.

According to the Department of Tourism - Davao Region, the inbound flight carried 88 passengers.

The resumption of the Davao-Quanzhou flights is a welcome development for both cities, as it will boost tourism and trade between the two countries. The Davao City government also welcomed the resumption of the flights.

"This exciting development certainly brings a multitude of benefits to tourism especially for Davao Region. We hope to welcome more travelers who are seeking to explore our stunning seascapes and landscapes, and immerse in our vibrant local experiences, " said Department of Tourism Regional Director Tanya Rabat Tan during the welcome ceremony at the Davao International Airport. 

"The resumption of the said flights showcases the resilience and commitment of both Xiamen Air and Davao Region to revive tourism amidst challenging times. It reflects the confidence of the industry in fostering safe travel and reestablishing vital connections, " added Tan.

Xiamen Airlines launched direct flights between Quanzhou and Davao City in late-2018. However, the route was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.