Budget Carrier Cebu Pacific is ready to assess the viability of flights to Mati City, the capital of Davao Oriental province, as soon as the development of the airport for commercial operations starts. Cebu Pacific Director for Corporate Communications Charo Logarta-Lagamon said in an interview last week that they have always been open to that opportunity.

“Mati has always been on our radar. But as of now, there is nothing concrete yet given that the airport is not 100% done and there is still a lot of technicalities that need to be ironed out before we can use it for commercial flights,” she said. Ms. Lagamon noted that an online campaign a few years back indicated interest for Mati among travelers. “Mati is one of the choices of netizens. Obviously, there is some market but how big the market is and will that market be viable and sustainable, that is something we need to assess,” she said.

Last month, Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil-Rabat said they are working on land ownership issues relating to the airport so that they can undertake the runway expansion and open it for commercial flights. Meanwhile, Ms. Lagamon said they continue to evaluate potential routes to and from Davao City while “beefing up our Cebu and Clark hubs.” “In fact, we are launching new routes on August 9,” she said.