DOT-Davao lauds PAL for normalizing operations

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 25 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Davao Region expressed thanks to the management of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for restoring its operations back to normal and resuming of regular flights in the Davao City International Airport.

DOT regional director Art Boncato said the airline labor dispute last Sept. 28 affected 30 percent of PAL’s domestic flights.

Boncato said it affected the number of airline seats from four to five flights daily. He said now, it has been reduced to only two.

However, he said the impact was not so great as to affect tourism arrivals in the region. He was referring to other domestic airlines servicing Davao International Airport which connects to other parts of the country.

“Those who really wanted to travel to Davao found other means,” Boncato said.

He said DOT Davao even registered 10 percent increase in tourist arrivals compared to last year.

Boncato said they are happy that PAL is back to normal, which could complement their drive to attract more visitors particularly during Christmas season where family members and other balikbayans would fly in or from abroad and other parts of the country. (PNA) RMA/LOR/Digna D. Banzon/ldp

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