By Carlo P. Mallo – Sunstar
DIRECT air service from Davao City to Manado in Indonesia has been revived with a new Indonesian airline servicing the route.In a chartered flight from Manado to Davao City and vice versa, the Wings Air landed at the Davao International Airport Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and had a return flight to Manado at 10:30 a.m. on the same day.Wings Air is a subsidiary of Lion Air, an Indonesia-based airline company.
In an interview Thursday, Daniel Jacob, district manager for Manado and East Indonesia, said they are very optimistic at the reception of the market and the market viability of their flight.
“We are fully booked for our trip today,” Jacob said.
The district manager added that based on the previous flight records of other airlines that serviced the same route; an average of more than 30 passengers per flight will be viable.
Compared to the previous airlines that serviced the Davao-Manado route, Wings Air is using a smaller aircraft for the route. Jacob also added that the aircraft is flexible and can accommodate more cargoes when there are fewer passengers.
The Wings Air flies from the Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, Indonesia to the Davao International Airport once a week with a 54-seater aircraft.
For its two flights this month, this Thursday and on June 23, both are still chartered flights. Normal flight operations will start on a later date. Wings Air also provides connecting flights from Manado to the city of Jakarta and the island of Bali.
Jacob also said that an average price for a one-way ticket from Davao to Manado is at $200 while a roundtrip ticket is at $300 per passenger.