Xiamen Airlines operated its inaugural flight between Quanzhou and Davao on 18 December with a press ceremony taking palce before departure. This becomes the first non-stop flight between Mainland China and the Philippines city. The SkyTeam member will operate the 2,100-kilometre twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using 737-800s.
- Xiamen Airlines launched flights between Quanzhou (JJN) and Davao (DVO) on 18 December. The SkyTeam member will operate the 2,100-kilometre sector twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using its fleet of 737-800s. No other airline presently connects the two cities with direct flights, with this route becoming the first non-stop service between Mainland China and the Philippines city. However, it should be noted that Cathay Dragon operates five weekly flights from Davao to Hong Kong, a route that launched on 28 October. OAG Traffic Analyser data shows that around 2,800 people travelled indirectly between the two cities in 2017. However, while the point-to-point demand between the airports is low, 17,500 passengers travelled one-stop between Davao and China in 2017, with the top three destinations from Davao being Shanghai–Hongqiao, Xiamen and Quanzhou itself. With the second most popular destination of Xiamen being within an hour’s drive of Quanzhou Airport, and the Shanghai airport being one of the most popular routes for the airline from its Quanzhou base, the airline is entering a market with great stimulation potential for both connecting and O&D traffic. See how Cebu Airport’s FTWA compares to other entries from around the globe.