SILK AIR (Singapore) Private Limited is poised to fly out of Singapore to Kalibo next quarter, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines said in a statement e-mailed to media yesterday.
SilkAir said it will start its thrice-weekly Kalibo flights on May 27, “subject to necessary approvals,” through Cebu.
The Singapore-based carrier is also set to fly thrice a week between Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar starting June 10, it added.
Kalibo will be SilkAir’s third destination in the Philippines after Cebu and Davao, while Mandalay will be the airline’s second destination in Myanmar after Yangon. The new services will be operated with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.
The new services will be connected via Singapore to more than 90 cities in the joint Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network, the airline said in its statement.
“As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir plays a role to extend the Singapore Airlines Group network by seeding and developing emerging destinations,” SilkAir Chief Executive Officer Leslie Thng said in the statement.
DAVAO CITY — Singapore Airlines subsidiary SilkAir will increase flights to this city to six times weekly from the current five starting November, a top company official told journalists here recently, adding that the new flight will still be linked to Cebu as well.
“We fly Singapore-Cebu-Davao-Singapore, calling it triangular routing,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir chief executive officer.
“The other half of the aircraft is shared by Cebu passengers. Hopefully, the Davao market will give us the additional demand that we are looking for.”Day Uyking, SilkAir’s sales and ticketing officer, had said earlier that the regional carrier has been promoting this city as an international gateway in order to prod demand.Flights currently serve businessmen, as well as European and Australian tourists, Mr. Uyking noted.
“We are trying to improve connectivity and we are looking at expanding in the Philippines and providing connections to our wider network in Europe, Australia and the US,” Mr. Thng said.
Lisette C. Marques, city tourism officer-in-charge, said the city government has been working with the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) regional office to cash in on the expected rise in tourism. “For arrivals, we are coming up with several programs like Davao Fun Sale Shopping Festival in March to promote Davao,” she said.
DoT regional director Arturo P. Boncato sees an opportunity with SilkAir’s increased flights to sell Davao not only to the Singaporeans but also to other key markets. “We are working on certain tour packages like free golf and adventure sports,” he said.
Mr. Boncato added that local tourism leaders plan to stage a Davao Cultural Festival next year to promote the city with the help of the Philippine embassy in Singapore.
“These plans form part of efforts to bring in more tourists to Davao,” he said.