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PH, Indonesia sign deal on revival of Davao-Manado flights
« on: September 14, 2018, 11:55:58 AM »
PH, Indonesia sign deal on revival of Davao-Manado flights
By Aerol John Pateña September 3, 2018, 5:32 pm

MANILA -- The governments of the Philippines and Indonesia have signed an agreement that will pave the way for the resumption of flights from Davao City to Manado in North Sulawesi.

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The agreement was signed by Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong Wee and Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Sinyo Harry Sarundajang on Saturday (September 1) at the Indonesian Embassy.

The reestablishment of the Davao-Manado flights was reportedly the fruit of discussions between Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Ambassador Wee and Ambassador Sarundajang held on August 31.

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A low cost carrier from Indonesia also expressed its interest in launching Manado – Davao flights.

The re-establishment of the Davao – Manado flights is an enhancement of the Air Transport Agreement between the two nations that was signed on 24 March 1972, which further resulted in the Expansion of Air Linkages between Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (BIMP) in 2007, where Davao and Manado were the designated points.

The flights were halted in 2008 due to lack of passenger demand. An earlier attempt in the 1990s, shortly after the launch of the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) comprising of Brunei, East Indonesia, East Malaysia and Mindanao and Palawan in the Philippines, also failed to generate sustainable demand. (PNA)