The hype continues to build up for AirAsia as the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier today began servicing new routes from and to Cebu, Davao, Clark, Palawan and Caticlan/Boracay.
The first AirAsia flight from Davao to Cebu took off from Francisco Bangoy International Airport at 10:40AM with Philippines AirAsia Director of Flight Operations Captain Gomer Monreal as operating pilot assisted by Captain Bernardino Perez and flight officer Leonardo Orendain.
“From highlands to islands, AirAsia is officially welcoming summer with new and increased connectivity from Davao and Cebu to Boracay and Palawan and onto to the northern part of the Philippines via Clark Airport in Pampanga,” Captain Monreal said at the send-off ceremonies held at Davao airport grounds.
Officials and guests from Department of Tourism in Davao City, CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) and local hotel and tourism partners joined the send-off celebration.
Aside from twice daily flights between Davao and Cebu, AirAsia also formally opened daily flights from Davao to Boracay; to Palawan at 3x weekly and to Clark at 4x weekly using Airbus A320s or jets which can accommodate up to 180 guests per flight. AirAsia also maintains 3x daily flights between Manila and Davao.
AirAsia flight Z2522 from Davao arrived in Cebu Mactan International Airport on time at 11:45AM with 98% load and was welcomed by water salute from Mactan Cebu International Airport management followed by a cake-cutting ceremony led by officials from GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).
“AirAsia has been painting Cebu and Davao skies red and we are delighted to announce that more and more red planes are on the way as we expand and grow operations in Visayas and Mindanao. There is so much growth potential here for business and tourism with AirAsia’s seamless connection now available for domestic travels and very soon for international expansion,” Captain Monreal said.
From Cebu, AirAsia added two new flights to Davao daily, and to Palawan and Boracay via Caticlan daily.
AirAsia launched Cebu – Singapore and Cebu – Taipei in November last year and increased Cebu – Kuala Lumpur flights from three times to four times weekly as part of its commitment to boost tourism in Southern Philippines. The airline is also servicing Cebu – Incheon/Seoul in South Korea.