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Davao City, PH – Travellers, businessmen, and locales of Zamboanga City in Western Mindanao and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia can now explore each other’s destinations and do business for an hour and forty five minutes, through the revival of these EAGA areas’ air route starting 31 March 2020 by the Philippine Airlines (PAL).

In an official media statement of Sabah Deputy Chief Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Christina Liew with Borneo Today, she said that she’s been looking forward to this inaugural PAL flight from Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu.

“PAL will be using the Bombardier 400 wd 86-seater aircraft with flight schedule on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu (8:00AM-9:45AM) and then from Kota Kinabalu to Zamboanga (10:45AM-12:30PM),” said BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) – Sabah Chapter Chairman Carl Moosom.

Meanwhile, MinDA Secretary and Philippine Signing Minister for BIMP-EAGA Emmanuel F. Piñol lauds this new milestone in the BIMP-EAGA sub-region, particularly in the connectivity sector.

“Last 27 September 2019, we revived the Davao – Manado route through Garuda Indonesia Airlines, and now we have Zamboanga – Kota Kinabalu that will surely enhance the tourism, trade and business activities of Western Mindanao, including the BASULTA island provinces,” he emphasized.

“This new development is a concrete proof that Mindanao is economically prepared to be the gateway to the BIMP-EAGA, ASEAN, and Asian regions,” Secretary Piñol added.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) as the Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA (PCOBE) expects that the flights will spur more trade and economic activities between Mindanao and the rest of the BIMP-EAGA sub-region, particularly Malaysia.

The Zamboanga- Kota Kinabalu air connectivity is a major BIMP-EAGA project under the Transport Cluster in convergence with the Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster.

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