The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Davao, Philippines touched down yesterday (18 June) at Davao International Airport where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute.
The airline will operate its Davao service once a week with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is very proud to extend its reach into the Philippines by launching our third gateway into this beautiful country.
“The inclusion of Davao into our global network further demonstrates our commitment to the Far East region, a highly important market for Qatar Airways.
“With 50 weekly passenger flights to and from the Philippines, we take great pride in our role of enabling trade and connecting international businesses.”
Commenting on the new route launch, Davao International Airport manager, Rex A. Obcena, said: “Davao International Airport is the main airport serving Davao City and Davao Region in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and one of the busiest in the Philippines. We look forward to welcoming all passengers on Qatar Airways’ weekly return flights.”