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AirAsia welcomes 2022 with increased flights

Aviation Updates Philippines – Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines has outlined its expanded route network as it welcomes 2022 with a much more optimistic recovery outlook for the Philippine aviation industry.

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On December 30, 2021, AirAsia announced the expansion of flights to key domestic destinations and the reopening of the Clark hub in 2022 to cater to increasing demand.

From Manila, AirAsia Philippines is increasing flight frequencies starting January 1, 2022, to Caticlan (35x weekly) and Kalibo (9x weekly), Iloilo (10x weekly), Tacloban (28x weekly), Tagbilaran (11x weekly), Puerto Princesa (now daily), Bacolod (11x weekly), Davao (14x weekly), Zamboanga (4x weekly), General Santos (2x weekly), Cagayan de Oro ( now daily) Cebu (18x weekly).

Meanwhile, the low-cost airline also operates international flights to Guangzhou (every Thursday), Singapore (every Saturday), Hong Kong (every other Sunday of the month), and Kuala Lumpur (5x weekly).

At the same time, AirAsia is relaunching its Clark hub with the reintroduction of flights between Clark and Caticlan beginning January 2, 2022. The service operates three times weekly.

AirAsia Philippines Spokesperson Steve Dailisan said, “A lot of our guests are still taking last-minute travel opportunities after being sidelined by the recent typhoon. We expect an uptake in flights as people return to their homes following their holiday trips. For this reason, we are adding flights to some key destinations to address increasing demand.”

With more flights added, AirAsia says the number of flights it operates is already at 41 percent of the pre-pandemic level. This, and the uptick in loadfactor to an average of 91-95 percent, also indicates the gradual recovery of the aviation and tourism sector.

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