Puerto Princesa, New Base For Philippines AirAsia

  • Puerto Princesa could be AirAsia new secondary hub in the Philippines.
  • The brand AirAsia Zest will disappear by the end of the year to keep only a single Philippines AirAsia brand.

On the steps of its sister companies AirAsia or Thai AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia is now looking at secondary cities in the Philippines. The carrier has in fact little choice due to heavy congestion at Manila International Airport. PAA is already slowing its expansion out of the Philippines capital as it exhausted all of its slots allocation. The airline might only open one or two new international routes in 2016, most probably to Singapore and to one destination to China PRC.

PAA has also bases in Cebu and Kalibo. PAA already announced to link the small airport near Boracay Island to more destinations in China.

Philippines AirAsia is now looking at setting foot in Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. The destination is in a midst of a tourism boom thanks to exceptional diving sites and seaside natural attractions.

The province welcome over a million tourists a year and a new air terminal, able to accommodate two million passengers a year, is due to be completed by early 2017. The construction was awarded to a South Korean company for a total investment of US$ 82.5 million.

The current facility can theoretically treat only 350,000 passengers a year. It accommodated last year over 1.5 million air travellers.

PAA is now looking at offering new frequencies to China PRC as well as to Malaysia.

Finally, PAA is ready to resume international expansion. The airline is now stronger established in the Philippines aviation market. Especially as its subsidiary Zest AirAsia is due to disappear as it will merge with Philippines AirAsia.