AirAsia opens Clark-Taipei route

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PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. said it now has international flights flying out of from Clark, Pampanga with Taipei as its first destination.

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

“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.

He added, “It feels so good to be back where we started. From two planes in Clark in 2012 to 20 jets as of today and we expect our fleet to grow to 70 planes in the next 10 years, we are thrilled to be here again and begin another journey to serve, empower and enable every traveler to dream big and connect across ASEAN, Asia and the world.”

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

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