AirAsia announces flights from Clark to Taipei

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Passengers disembark from an AirAsia aircraft shortly after arriving from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia at Clark airport in Angeles City, Pampanga -- AFP

Philippines AirAsia, Inc. said it is now flying to Taipei from its hub in Clark, Pampanga.

In a statement on Friday, July 13, the budget airline said its first Clark-Taipei flight landed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.

“We are officially painting the skies of Clark airport with AirAsia’s iconic color. Our return to international skies via Clark hub reaffirms our commitment to travelers in Central and Northern Luzon and Metro Manila who truly deserve nothing but only the best quality service, affordable airfare and efficient connectivity,” Philippines AirAsia president and chief executive officer Dexter M. Comendador said in the statement.

Philippines AirAsia will operate two Clark-Taipei flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Aside from Taipei, AirAsia’s hub in Pampanga also flies to Iloilo, Caticlan, Davao, Cebu and Tacloban.

In May, Mr. Comendador told reporters they are looking to develop hubs outside of Manila to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). — Denise A. Valdez