Philippines AirAsia to launch Cebu-Shenzhen route

Aviation Updates Philippines - Low-cost carrier Philippines AirAsia will launch direct flights between Cebu, Philippines and Shenzhen, China on May 9, 2018. The airline opened reservations for flights between the two cities last week.
NEW DESTINATION. Philippines AirAsia will launch direct flights from Cebu to Shenzhen on May 9, 2018. Photo by Dirk Salcedo - PPSG/AUP.
Shenzhen will be AirAsia's first Chinese destination from the Queen City of the South. This will enable more Chinese tourists to conveniently visit the Visayas islands with the airline's newest connection to this major city in Guangdong province.

“The addition of our first China route from Cebu hub enables us to further strengthen our network outside Metro Manila and open up new and exciting places to visit this summer,” Philippines AirAsia President and Chief Executive Officer Dexter Comendador said in a statement.

The Chinese city is a modern metropolis that connects mainland China and Hong Kong. It is known for its shopping centers such as the Luohu Commercial City which features vast areas of retail stores — a major go-to place for tourists.

“Cebuano travelers would be delighted to experience Shenzhen’s modern metropolis and marvel at how the southern city that links Hong Kong to mainland China built the world’s largest electric bus fleet, massive malls, contemporary buildings and amusement parks,” Comendador added.

Flight Z2-7800 will depart Cebu at 11:35 PM and will arrive Shenzhen at 2:40 AM the next day. The return flight, Z2-7801, will depart Shenzhen at 03:34 AM and will arrive back in Cebu at 6:35 AM.

According to, AirAsia will be flying between Cebu and Shenzhen daily using its 180-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

With the six-month closure of Boracay island, Philippines AirAsia is reaching out to other domestic destinations to stimulate the continual growth of air travel in the country. The local industry is challenged to market other destinations to cope with the expected decline of tourist arrivals in line with Boracay's shutdown.

AirAsia said more flights will be added from its secondary hubs in the Philippines. It will also ramp up its operations in major tourist and high-passenger market destinations.