AirAsia introduces General Santos, Zamboanga flights

Aviation Updates Philippines – Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines will finally push through its planned flights from Manila to General Santos and Zamboanga after a seven-month delay due to the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AirAsia's new flights to General Santos and Zamboanga would begin on October 25 and October 27, respectively. The General Santos route operates thrice-weekly while the Zamboanga route flies twice weekly next month.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said, "We are pleased to finally announce the launch of our much anticipated commercial flights to General Santos and Zamboanga, which can now be booked on our website and mobile app. These routes are very special as, ahead of our commercial flights this coming October, we have already successfully mounted a number of chartered repatriation flights to and from the two cities to assist in bringing home Filipinos back to their hometowns. 

"Despite the current health situation, AirAsia continues to push for domestic connectivity to provide a much needed boost for economic activity in the country, especially in the South. We are committed to launching more destinations and gradually restoring our strong domestic network before the year ends."

Flight Z2-661 departs from Manila at 7:10 am and arrives in General Santos at 9:00 am. The return flight, Z2-662, takes off at 10:40 am and lands at 12:30 pm. Meanwhile, flight Z2-651 departs for Zamboanga at 7:10 am and arrives at 8:50 am while Z2-652 leaves at 10:50 am and arrives in Manila at 12:30 pm.

As a promotion for the new routes, AirAsia offers all-in fares from Manila to General Santos and Zamboanga for as low as P511 for BIG members. The booking date is from September 3 until September 5, with a travel period from October 25 to March 27, 2021.