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DOT welcomes maiden ANA flight, JATA bigwigs
The Department of Tourism (DOT) leads the industry in welcoming the inaugural flight of Japan’s leading carrier, All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Narita to Manila on 27 February 2011. The event is deemed as a double treat as among its passengers will be senior officials of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) led by its Chairman, Akira Kanai. JATA is the biggest aggrupation of travel and tour operators, accommodation and transportation providers and even academic and legal institutions. ANA is also a member of JATA. The VIP guests are expected to put in a good word for the Philippines as they sample a brief but interesting familiarization tour of Manila and are treated to a special dinner reception that is representative of the country’s culinary bests. DOT Secretary Alberto A. Lim remarked, “This new service between Narita and Manila will help us obtain a larger share of the Japanese outbound travellers. We are confident that the direct link, complemented by efforts of the JATA intermediaries, will stimulate stronger traffic from this major source market.” Japan remains the third largest tourist market for the Philippines, growing 10.39% from 2009 to 358,744 visitors in 2010. Its 10.19% share of all visitor volume counts toward a best-performing East Asian market among all regions.
Currently, four airlines combine for 61 flights weekly from Japan to the Philippines. Philippine Airlines (PAL) accounts for 32, Japan Airlines for 14, Delta Air Lines for 12 and Cebu Pacific for 3. Of the total weekly flights, 34 fly out of Narita, 12 out of Nagoya, 10 out of Osaka and 5 out of Fukuoka. The bulk land in Manila except for PAL’s six timesweekly Narita-Cebu service. All of these represent a weekly capacity of 18,071 seats. ANA will commence daily services from Narita to Manila in March.
EVELYN A. MACAYAYONG Office of Tourism Information 525-18-05