MANILA - A congressional committee has approved a bill that will create the Davao International Airport Authority to help spur air travel in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, lawmakers said Tuesday.
The Francisco Bangoy International Airport on the eastern side of Mindanao is one of the country's busiest air terminals and is positioned to benefit from Duterte's push to spread development to the countryside.
"The DIAA creation will substantially contribute to the quest of the Davao Region to emerge as the premier socio-economic tourism center not only in the Philippines but also in the Asia-Pacific Region," said the bill's author, Davao City Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano.
Davao airport hosts direct flights to Singapore and recently received the first flight from China's Xiamen Air.
Similar corporate bodies, the Manila International Airport Authority and the Clark International Airport Corp., manage major airports on Luzon Island.