It seems that Air India has set its eye on Southeast Asian skies as it is constantly looking to add more regions to its network. On December 15, the airline added flights between Delhi and Phuket.
Air India to Manila
As per a report published by Business Inquirer, at least 20 airlines have applied for additional slots at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Indian flag carrier, Air India is also one of the airlines looking to acquire slots at this major airport in the Philippines. The airline recently added 4 times weekly flights to another Southeast Asian destination – Phuket.
Former General Manager of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Bryan Co told the Business Inquirer that the airport authority is prioritizing providing slots to those airports, with which Manila is not directly connected. India is one of those markets, which is not directly connected to the Philippines. Tourists have to travel via other Southeast Asian gateways like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, etc.
Bryan Co added that Air India is looking to connect the Manila Airport to Delhi and Mumbai. Delhi is the capital city of India, while Mumbai is termed its financial capital. Bryan said that the authorities are still looking forward, and if this route becomes true, it is one of those that we would love to develop.
The Philippines is a wonderful country. Indian visitors to the Philippines can visit the colorful markets of Divisoria, the historic Intramuros neighborhood of Manila, and Rizal Park, a center of culture. Beyond Manila are gorgeous locations like the breathtaking Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, the white-sand beaches of Boracay, and the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Savor water sports, colorful celebrations, and the friendly hospitality of the Filipino people.
Philippines & Indian Tourism
India has shown a consistent double-digit growth rate, making it one of our fastest-growing markets. Indian visitors to the Philippines had been rising for more than five years previous to the pandemic, with an average growth rate of 15.96 percent between 2016 and 2019.
India climbed from 11th place in 2019 to 9th place in 2020 as the Philippines’ main sourcing market. It is reasonable to assume that India will one day rank among our top five markets of Philippines tourism.
Data indicates that the majority of Indian tourists are back-to-back travelers who spend an average of eight nights in the Philippines. Each person spends an average of USD 100 every day, with the biggest expenses being lodging, eating, and shopping. Typically, visits have three main goals: leisure, business, and education.
Approximately 78% of Indian tourists stay in hotels. Shopping, touring, beach vacations, seeing friends and family, investing, and diving are some of their pastimes. Additionally, the places they choose to travel are influenced by their friends and business contacts. Leading data and analytics firm GlobalData predicts that by 2025, India will have a record 30 million outbound travelers.
Tourism Campaigns by Manila in India
From August 7 to August 11 last year 2023, the Philippines Tourism Board conducted a road show in four Indian cities. The Philippines Tourism Board wrapped off its four-city road show throughout India to a resounding reception from buyers and passionate participation from Indian agencies and operators from all over the nation.
The roadshows promoted the Philippines as a year-round destination that appeals to all types of travelers, including those looking for adventure, those who love the outdoors, history buffs, and those looking for dreamy getaways. They also highlighted the country’s most recent addition of new products and other tourism-related news.
The four-city road exhibition, which attracted many influential travel buyers and decision-makers, traveled from Delhi to Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai between August 7 and August 11. About fifty to sixty of the top agents from each of these cities attended the event.
Travel agents in India had the chance to interact with some of the nation’s top travel providers, such as hotels, tour companies, and airlines, during the road shows.
Other Airlines Interested in Manila
Apart from Air India, 19 other airlines have requested authorities for additional slots at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Both major airlines from Vietnam – Vietnam Airlines & VietJet Air have also applied for more slots. Manila Airport currently manages 41 aircraft departures & landings per hour. It is connected to 57 international destinations by 48 different airlines.
Last month itself, the airport authorities welcomed Hong Kong’s youngest airline, Greater Bay Airlines with 5 times weekly flights between Manila & Hong Kong. Similarly, Batik Air started daily service between Kuala Lumpur & Manila.
Source: Business Inquirer