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AirAsia launches Manila-Zamboanga flights

Aviation Updates Philippines – Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines has launched direct flights between Manila and Zamboanga on Tuesday, October 27, boosting domestic connectivity in its Philippine route network.

The inaugural flight to Zamboanga, Z2-651, departed from Manila at 2:11pm local time and arrived at 3:31pm local time. Upon arrival, a traditional water canon salute greeted the Airbus A320 aircraft with special guests and VIPs aboard.

Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Myra Abubakar, Zamboanga City Mayor Hon. Beng Climaco-Salazar, Mr. Antonio Alfonso of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Zamboanga, Mr. Pocholo Soliven from the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce, and Ms. Sarita Sebastian from the Zamboanga City Tourism Office welcomed the maiden flight.

”We are excited to celebrate this milestone as we paint Asia's Latin City’s skies red. As the second largest city in Mindanao and the sixth most populous in the Philippines, this new destination will pave the way for expansive connectivity, bringing Filipino families closer together, and providing more opportunities across provinces in support of the local government’s vision to be the Asean economic hub in Southwestern Mindanao," AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said.

“All of this would not have been possible without the initiatives of the Zamboanga City Government, who took on a decisive role in discussions with us to establish this route. For this, we are truly grateful,” he added.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco expressed her appreciation on AirAsia's newest flights to the city: “AirAsia’s presence in Zamboanga sparks hope and brings in more reasonable and budget-friendly options in air travel that will help businesses recover with all the impacts brought by the pandemic. Enhorabuena y vaya con Dios.”

Meanwhile, AirAsia Philippines is also expected to inaugurate its Manila-General Santos City service on Wednesday, October 28. Similarly, the new flight to General Santos will be operated by an Airbus A320-200 aircraft every Wednesday and Friday.

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