PHILIPPINES AIRASIA, Inc. began flying from Manila to Jakarta on Tuesday, as it continues to expand its flight network in Southeast Asia.
In a statement, the low-cost carrier said flight Z2 235, which was flown by AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter M. Comendador, was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute upon arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
“AirAsia is a product of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and we are so proud to be part of this region we call home. We are thrilled to add another ASEAN destination into our ever growing network,” Mr. Comendador was quoted as saying.
AirAsia is scheduled to start flights from Manila to Bali next week.
“We want to bring the people across the ASEAN region closer together with our new flights connecting Manila to Jakarta and Bali following our Manila-Ho Chi Minh City last November, we are looking at adding new routes to Thailand this year and further expand our ASEAN footprint to serve more and more communities,” Mr. Comendador said.
AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia, Inc., a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.
AirAsia Philippines operates a fleet of 17 aircraft and operates out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Kalibo.