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Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:55 am

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/dav/2003/12/08/bus/davao.city.eyed.as.qantas.asean.hub.html

QANTAS Airlines, Australia's flag-carrier, is eyeing Davao City as its regional hub, said Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday.

Duterte mentioned Qantas' plan while discussing the significance of the P5.5 billion Davao International Airport (DIA) to the region's economy.

The current headquarters of Qantas in Southeast Asia is in Bali, Indonesia, where a twin-blast blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists killed more than 200 people last year, mostly Australian tourists. Bali, an island paradise resort, services more flights than Jakarta, capital of Indonesia.

The mayor refused to give details of the Qantas plan, but he said the strategic location of the DIA augurs well for the City's bid to become the regional center of transnational travel and tourism in this part of the world.

For one thing, he said, Davao City is nearer to Darwin in the Northern Territories of Australia than Manila and other points.

He said the DIA is the Philippines' most beautiful airport today.

Duterte also reported that Davao hotels now enjoy an occupancy rate--higher than the past months--saying City Hall could hardly get accommodation for its visitors.

Ildie Bontia, general manager of Grand Regal Hotel, confirmed the mayor's statement, saying the hotel has a daily occupancy rate not lower than 70 percent. The other top hotels in the City are Waterfront Insular Hotel, Apo View Hotel, Marco Polo Davao and Royal Mandaya.

Mayor Duterte bared the DIA will be managed and operated by the Air Transportation Office, saying it is not yet time to establish an airport authority.

An airport authority would need hundreds of millions of pesos as start-up capital before it could efficiently and profitably operate the international airport whose initial income will not be enough to sustain operation, Duterte said. He said the DIA should learn a lesson from the airport authority in Cebu in order to avoid encountering financial trouble.

The Philippine Airlines and other companies using the Cebu International Airport in Mactan Island are complaining about the state of disrepair of the CIA runway. PAL has threatened to stop its flights to Cebu if the runway would not be fixed immediately.


Well it would be great if QF does choose DVO as the hub so it can get some international traffic tricking through.  Big thumbs up

[Edited 2003-12-08 00:00:11]
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 11:06 am

It would be great but won't happen. The only possibility is perhaps a 1-2x a week service by Australian Airlines, such as what occurs to Kota Kinabulu
 
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 11:20 am

Im going to DVO on the 18th of December.

The airport has indded a beautiful airport under construction... that was 2 years ago when I was there.

Also the DVO airport was bomb a couple of months ago and many people where hurt and killed.

Safety wise, I would still rank it a safe airport. The bombings did happen outside the terminal.

QF to DVO from either DRW or BNE or SYD would be great.

DRW to DVO with a 737-800 can be done profitably i believe.

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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:42 pm

That's great: from one terrorist venue to another!
Mindanao (although not exactly Davao itself) is the center of terrorist activities in the Philippines....
 
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:35 pm

Mindanao (although not exactly Davao itself) is the center of terrorist activities in the Philippines....

The Mindanao mainland is relatively quiet, only several outlying islands have major terrorist problems.
 
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:10 pm

The current headquarters of Qantas in Southeast Asia is in Bali, Indonesia, where a twin-blast blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists killed more than 200 people last year, mostly Australian tourists. Bali, an island paradise resort, services more flights than Jakarta, capital of Indonesia


what a load of BS. QF do not have any such HQ in Bali.
 
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:48 pm

This is definitely one of the most inaccurate news article I have seen anywhere. Davao will never been anybody's hub and Bali was never Qantas' hub (hub to where?).

Qantas and her subsidiary Australian Airlines together operate some 80 flights per week to Singapore and beyond . . . this is as close as a hub as Qantas gets outside of Australia. LAX is perhaps the only other place to see several Qantas aircraft at any one time.

This news article is definitely purely for domestic consumption in The Philippines.

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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:35 pm

Qantas and her subsidiary Australian Airlines together operate some 80 flights per week to Singapore and beyond . . . this is as close as a hub as Qantas gets outside of Australia. LAX is perhaps the only other place to see several Qantas aircraft at any one time.

Qantas operate about 20 daily flights out of AKL on it's domestic routes within NZ plus serveral daily International flights to
SYD 36 weekly 744, 743, 763
MEL 14 weekly 763
BNE 7 weekly 744
LAX 10 weekly 744

They were planning DFW aswell but that seems to have fallen by the way side atleast for now.

QF previously flew to
EZE 2-3 weekly 744
PPT 3 weekly 763
CNS 2 weekly 743, 742, 763 at different times

They also codeshare on several flights to the Pacific Islands with
TN to PPT 3 weekly A343
FJ to NAN 10 weekly 744, 763, 738
PH to APW 2-3 weekly 738

You can see 4-5 QF International flights at the International terminal in AKL at the same time in the Early morning and mid late afternoon!
 
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:02 pm

yes - something definitely smells - I also like the comment that Davao would be an excellent choice as it was nearer Darwin than Manila...hmm....

I believe Qantas' ASEAN hub is at Singapore and has been for many many years and its regional HQ is also located there in effect. I don't think they plan to leave Changi for some time - let alone move to Davao!

The article made me laugh though...
 
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RE: Qantas Eyes Davao For Asean Hub

Wed Dec 10, 2003 5:07 pm

What a load of BS.
I don't know what that article was aiming to do, but I think we can safely ignore it.

Qantas AIRWAYS would never create a hub in Davao!
The closest it comes is Singapore or BKK

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