V Air launches Manila flights, plans to expand in PH market

Aviation Updates Philippines - Taiwanese low-cost carrier, V Air has launched its non-stop flights between Taipei and Manila on March 27, 2016 with an Airbus A320 aircraft.
V Air inaugural flight, 27 March 2016. Photo by Richie Lopa - InterAksyon.com.
V Air has a scheduled evening flight departing and arriving every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The airline operates mixed Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 services that can seat up to 180 and 194 seats, respectively, in an-all economy configuration.

According to InterAksyon, the inaugural flight took off with around 70 percent passenger load. The good load factor marks another expansion for V Air in 2016.

“We at V Air are delighted to witness the ninth scheduled service from the Taipei-Manila route. As the first Taiwan low-cost airline to tap the ever-growing Philippine market, we are looking forward to be the preferred airline of the Filipino traveling on a budget. Our operations in Manila will be significant in securing a strong foothold in the region,” said V Air Chief Commercial Officer Bernanrd Hsu.

V Air to Expand in Philippine Market

The low-cost airline is eyeing on expanding flights to the Philippines by launching services to Cebu, Kalibo and Puerto Princesa as it continues to capture young travelers seeking affordable travel opportunities.

“In the Philippines, we also have plans to launch direct flights to Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, and also Cebu, maybe by April next year,” Mr. Hsu said.

V Air said that they are targeting young female travelers that are aged 18-40 years old and overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan. 

“There are more younger travelers coming to the Philippines. Our roundtrip fares are about P3,000 and I think the competitors’ prices are double,” V Air Chief Commercial Officer Bernard Hsu said in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City after the inaugural flight.

The airline has already secured government approval for daily flights to Manila. V Air is looking into launching flights to popular tourist destinations such as Kalibo - the gateway to Boracay Island, Cebu and Puerto Princesa.

“Young travelers also want to go to the beach and tourism destinations because Manila is more on business and shopping. We want to provide them a combination of both, so they may enter through Manila and spend a few days in Kalibo then fly back to Taiwan,” he explained.
Source: Richie Lopa - InterAksyon, Daphne J. Magturo - BusinessWorld