Davao International Airport, also known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport, is the primary airport serving Davao City in the Philippines, and is the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao. Located in Catitipan, Barangay Buhangin, Davao City, it is a public airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The airport is elevated at 18 metres or 59 feet, with a single 3,000-metre precision runway, designated 05/23 and has an asphalt concrete surface. A new terminal was inaugurated in 2003, replacing the previous terminals, handling both domestic and international flights to and from the city. The new terminal, along with the modernisation and upgrading of the facilities, allows Davao City to become a hub for tourism and foreign investment in the region.
Davao City in Mindanao, Philippines is the centre of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the country, next to Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. It is also the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. Davao City is the trade, commerce, and industry centre of Mindanao and the regional centre of Davao Region.
What to see & do
The most iconic landmark in Davao City is Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. It was declared as a national park in 1936 and is a protected area under the natural park category. The peak climbing season at Mount Apo is after the Holy Week/Easter. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) considers the mountain as the centre of endemism in Mindanao; it has one of the highest land-based biological diversity and three distinct forest formations (lowland tropical rainforest, mid-mountain forests, and high mountain forests). The mountain is home to then orchid “waling-waling,” known as the Queen of Philippine Flowers, and endemic bird species, including the Philippine eagle, one of the largest eagles in the world and is the country’s national bird. The “queen of fruits” mangosteen and the “king of fruits” durian also grow abundantly in Davao City. In fact, the city is known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines.
Outside of the natural areas, the commercial areas in Davao City include Poblacion (the city centre), Davao Chinatown, Bajada, Lanang, Matina, Ecoland, Agdao, Buhangin, Tibungco, Toril, Mintal, and Calinan. Other major tourist attractions in the city are the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, the Davao Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, Eden Nature Park, and People’s Park. Some of the best beaches in the Philippines are situated on Samal Island, an island city in the Davao Gulf immediately off the city’s coast.
How to get around within Davao City
As in most of the Philippines, the main modes of transportation within Davao City are multicabs, jeepneys, tricycles, buses, and taxis. Multicabs and jeepneys have 82 designated routes in the city, while tricycles have routes beyond the main streets of the city, and taxis travel within and around the city. When going around mountainous areas, the habal-habal passenger motorcycle is the main public transit. Car rentals are also available, with most of the companies also offering drivers for hire. Water taxis, on the other hand, serve Davao City, Samal Island, and other neighbouring coastal municipalities in Davao Gulf.
How to get there
Davao International Airport, or Francisco Bangoy International Airport, is a hub for PAL Express and Cebu Pacific. Other airlines that operate here are AirAsia Zest, SilkAir, Sriwijaya Air, and Tigerair Philippines, with flights to and from Cebu, Manila, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Singapore, and Manado (charter). The bus network in the city also travels from other cities and provinces in Mindanao, as well as from Luzon and Visayas. Furthermore, Davao City is connected to Manila via roll-on/roll-off (RORO) inter-island ferries.
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