AirAsia Philippines reports 553% passenger growth in April 2022

Aviation Updates Philippines – AirAsia Philippines recorded a 553 percent growth in passenger numbers for April 2022 versus the same period last year as air travel continues to bounce back post-COVID-19 lockdown.

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The massive growth is mainly attributed to the increased mobility during the election season, where more Filipinos were expected to vote in other cities or provinces.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said, “Our right to vote is enshrined in our constitution and we at AirAsia are glad to have given our guests an attainable option for transportation as they travelled to and from their respective precincts this election season."

"Apart from the interzonal travel vis-a-vis the elections, the number of guests we have flown and the rise in advance bookings by at least two months in the past quarter are representative of the strong momentum toward recovery, which is sure to reinforce our country’s economic standing as we ready to exit the pandemic.”

AirAsia also reported a jump in passenger numbers from January to April 2022 compared with the same period last year. The airline recorded a 336 percent growth from 2021, which has positively positioned the airline in the coming months.

The airline has increased flights for the month of May by 16 percent to sustain the demand of the recovering aviation sector. Forward bookings for May 2022 have started to pick-up with close to 130,000 seats already sold.

AirAsia Philippines flies to Caticlan 35x weekly as of May 10, which will be increased to 38x by the end of the month; Iloilo – 18x weekly and will be increased to 30x weekly; Tacloban 28x weekly; Tagbilaran – 21x weekly; Puerto Princesa – 19x weekly; Bacolod – 18x weekly, but will be increased to 21x by the end of the month; Davao 14x weekly; Cagayan – 9x weekly, and will be increased to 11x before the end of the month; Kalibo 18x to 27x weekly before the end of the month; and Cebu – 28x weekly.

“We expect the demand to increase towards the end of Q2 for travels which will be made for Q3 and Q4.  AirAsia Philippines is committed to providing our guests with flexible schedules, affordable fares and the safest means of transportation to their destinations.  We will also continue to provide our guests with exciting promos to match their travel needs,” Isla added.