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AirAsia PHL to mount daily Manila-Bacolod flights

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AIRASIA Philippines is launching a new daily flight from Manila to Bacolod next month.

The budget carrier said in a statement Thursday it will start offering thrice daily service between Manila and Bacolod on Oct. 27.

“We are pleased to continue growing connectivity in the Philippines. The new Manila-Bacolod flights will provide access to Bacolod City and the Central Visayas, a region full of charming locations and local food delicacies,” AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Ricardo P. Isla was quoted as saying in the statement.

For the Manila-Bacolod route, the first 80-minute flight will depart Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 8:20 a.m., and the last one will depart Bacolod at 9:30 p.m.

Bacolod will be the 11th domestic destination that AirAsia Philippines will be operating out of Manila. Overall, the carrier has more than 500 domestic and international flights weekly coming from its hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Kalibo.

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The company posted a 777% growth in its profit after tax in the second quarter, expanding to P593.07 million due to the 22% increase in passengers it carried during the period at 2.225 million.

It is targeting to swing to profit this year from a net loss of P2.11 billion in 2018, with a revenue target of P30 billion by end-2019 and about P50 billion in the next three years.

AirAsia Philippines also plans to conduct before the end of the year its public listing at the Philippine stock Exchange. — Denise A. Valdez

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