AirAsia Group to deepen links between Manila and ASEAN

The AirAsia group is strengthening its international presence out of the Philippines with more flights due to start over the months to come.

Philippines Air Asia is launching direct flights to Vietnam in November. AirAsia said it would serve the Manila-Ho Chi Minh City route with three flights weekly.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said the move was “part of our commitment to continue bringing the Philippines closer to neighboring cities within the Asean region.”

The airline said booking options for this route opened this week, with special fares set for those travelling between November 17 and 21.

In this coming December, AirAsia is also planning to offer four weekly services from Kuala Lumpur to Davao non-stop. Reservations have been opened since August. Flights are due to start on December 21.

Recently, Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld, indicated that TAA is looking to open flights to Manila, its last gap in its ASEAN network.

“AirAsia is the only airline that directly services all 10 Asean countries with established operations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia,” Comendador added.

“Last year, the AirAsia Group carried 13.4 million people within Asean and we aim to continue bringing the region closer together via inter-Asean connectivity,” he said.

In another development, Philippines AirAsia will also expand its domestic presence out of Manila. From November 1st, the low cost carrier will plan three daily frequencies between Manila and Ilo Ilo.