XiamenAir will launch thrice-weekly direct flights between Davao City and Jinjiang -in Fujian province- starting December 18 this year.
Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag said in an interview on Sunday, that the new service will increase investments, create more tourism activity and give an impulse to the local economy. City Mayor Sara Duterte will sign an agreement with Jinjiang during her scheduled visit from November 12 to 14.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Davao a “new friend and partner” of China and one of the Philippine cities with the closest interactions with their country.
On Saturday night, the vice mayor said local officials and tour operators from Manila and Davao had met with executives from XiamenAir, who are optimistic about the anticipated launch of another international flight from F. Bangoy International Airport, the fourth after Singapore, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
According to mindanews.com, Mr Al-ag said they expect more exportation of bananas, pomelo, and cacao beans to China, which offers a big market opportunity for the farmers. The official is optimistic the flight can be sustained because 80% of the Filipino Chinese, including Chinese investors in Davao, originated from Jinjiang.