Philippines needs new air routes to attract more tourists

Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) - January 12, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines needs to offer more routes to various destinations in the country to attract more tourists, the Department of Tourism said.

“We are asking airlines to help us by opening new routes,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said in a forum yesterday.

Teo said more airlines should operate more flights to Palawan, Cebu and Clark in Pampanga.

She earlier encouraged Chinese charter operators to mount flights to other airports such as Clark, Palawan, Davao and Cebu.

Last September, the DOT inked an agreement with Chengdu-based charter operator Hanglv International Travel Group to boost the thriving route between mainland China and Manila.

Earlier this week, Philippine Airlines assistant vice president for passenger sales Antonio Herrera said they were planning to increase their chartered flights given the influx of Chinese tourists into the country.

PAL operated several scheduled chartered flights from China to Kalibo and other domestic destinations such as Puerto Princesa in Palawan and Bohol in 2017.

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