Phl Air Asia back in Clark with Kalibo, Davao flights

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    CLARK FREEPORT – Starting March 27, Philippines Air Asia (PAA) will mount flights to Kalibo, Aklan from the Clark International Airport (CIA) here after “temporarily” moving out in 2013.

    On April 22, the airline which has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for eight consecutive years will also begin mounting flights to the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.

    This was the announcement made by PAA communications chief Jenny Bugarin-Tan during the “News@Hues” media forum organized by the Pampanga Press Club in cooperation with Park Inn Hotel at the SM City Clark complex here on Tuesday.

    “We never left because we didn’t announce anything about leaving Clark. We just temporarily went to Davao because we wanted to focus on our partnership with Zest Air,” Tan said. “But that was in the past. We sold all the aircraft of Zest. It’s all Air Asia now.”

    “Before we only have two aircraft. Now we have 14 A320s. It only meant that the more aircraft we have the more flights we will bring in to Clark,” Tan said adding that, “every month we will be launching a new route.”

    She said PAA wants Kalibo because: “We’re targeting the millennials who don’t mind travelling by bus from Kalibo to Boracay. It’s cheaper to go to Kalibo than Caticlan and they enjoy bus rides and they also want to see Kalibo.”

    Capt. Gomer Monreal, PAA director for flight operations, told the media during the formal launching at the Midori Hotel and Casino here Tuesday night that, “on the planning table will be destinations in the Asian region.”

    But he added that, “we will be doing first island destinations in the Philippines so we can connect the local travelers especially in Central and Northern Luzon. Cebu will follow soon and other international destinations.”

    Monreal also said PAA is “reaffirming our commitment to make air travel more affordable, convenient and accessible to travelers outside Metro Manila. We are thrilled to be painting Clark skies red again and connect Central and Northern Luzon to domestic cities and to the country’s best island destinations.”

    Tan said the promo fare for Kalibo is P399 all-in while that of Davao is P1,299 all-in. Flights to Kalibo are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays while flights to Davao are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Booking can be made at www.airasia.com.

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