AirAsia Philippines continues to strengthen its domestic network. In October, the airline launched its maiden flight from Manila to Bacolod and added more flights from Clark Airport to Caticlan and Kalibo just in time for the high peak season at Boracay Island.
AirAsia launched at the end of October a new domestic route from Manila to Bacolod with three daily frequencies. The airline is expecting to add soon a fourth daily frequency which is normally the total number of daily round-trips that the low cost carrier offers on important domestic routes.
Located in the northwestern part of the Negros island, Bacolod was hone to sprawling sugarcane plantations in the past, thus earning its title as “The Sugar bowl of the Philippines”. Today, Bacolod is an urbanized city known for its food, heritage sites, ancestral homes, and annual Masskara Festival, held on the fourth Sunday of October. During this celebration, the city’s streets are filled with groups of festive dancers wearing ornate smiling masks. This eventually gave rise to its more popular nickname, the “City of Smiles”.
On the inaugural flight on October 27, AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricardo P Isla said, ”We are excited to celebrate this milestone and to paint the Negros Island skies red. AirAsia’s presence in the region will make air travel more affordable not just for Negrenses but for everyone who wants to explore this part of the country.
The flight was strongly expected from Bacolod local community as flights to Manila are considered to expensive by other carriers. According to Bacolod Mayor Evelegio Leonardia, “airfare is getting so high that some people from Bacolod City prefer to go all the way to IloIlo just to book a flight to Manila,” he declared. Air Philippines CEO acknowledged the strong support of the Mayor in the route launching.
The airline also reinstated flights from Clark to Kalibo and increased frequencies between Clark and Caticlan. Since October 17, AirAsia Philippines flies again from Clark to both destinations three times a week. This gives to passengers flexibility in the airport’s choice as both Caticlan and Kalibo serve the famed resort island of Boracay.
AirAsia Philippines operates a fleet of 24 aircraft -all Airbus A320- offering more than 500 weekly domestic and international flights from its hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Kalibo. The airline serves now 11 domestic destinations from Manila.