AirAsia Philippines is boosting tourism by offering discounted fares for domestic flights in January 2024. They aim to support popular Philippine festivals like Sinulog and Ati-atihan, having already served 520,000 guests in the first half of the month.
Travelers booking through their Superapp or website can win exciting prizes. AirAsia Philippines also plans to merge with AirAsia X shortly, connecting the country with more foreign destinations.
AirAsia Philippines Offers Festive Discounts to Boost Tourism in 2024
AirAsia Philippines is gearing up to support the resurgence of lively Philippine festivals, including Sinulog, Ati-atihan, and Dinagyang, by offering discounted fares and exciting giveaways throughout January.
In January 2023, AirAsia Philippines flew 580,000 guests to popular destinations such as Cebu, Bohol, and Kalibo. According to When in Manila, this year, in the first half of January alone, the airline has already served 520,000 guests and anticipates strong demand, aligning with the Department of Tourism's goal to increase tourist arrivals.
Steve Dailisan, spokesperson and First Officer at AirAsia Philippines, emphasized the airline's commitment to making these festivals accessible to everyone. He highlighted AirAsia's reputation for affordable, reliable, and safe air travel, expressing the airline's desire to facilitate the celebration of Filipino culture.
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AirAsia Philippines offers one-way base fares ranging from ₱68 to ₱98 for domestic flights throughout the month to entice more visitors to Philippine festivals, as per the news report. Additionally, those who book their flights via the Superapp or airasia.com before Feb. 12, 2024, can win vacation packages, free flights, hotel vouchers, and Airasia points in the AirAsia 2024 Blowout promotion.
Dailisan also noted that AirAsia Philippines' improved on-time performance (OTP), with a 93% average over the past seven days in January 2024, is expected to attract more guests to the airline.
Looking ahead, AirAsia Philippines aims to welcome more foreign guests, particularly from other ASEAN countries. The planned merger of AirAsia X and AirAsia Philippines, set to materialize in the coming months, is expected to consolidate medium and long-haul flights, providing more opportunities for foreign travelers to explore the Philippines and connect with neighboring destinations.
As AirAsia Philippines continues to support the vibrant spirit of Philippine festivals, travelers can expect accessible fares and exciting giveaways, contributing to the country's thriving tourism industry in 2024.
AirAsia Philippines Transfers Aviation Business to AirAsia X for Financial Improvement
Malaysia-based airline group Capital A Berhad, the operator of budget carrier AirAsia Philippines, is moving its aviation operations to AirAsia X Berhad (AAX) to enhance its financial performance. This strategic move aims to consolidate Malaysia AirAsia and AirAsia Aviation Group under the AirAsia brand, encompassing operations in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia.
Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes stated that the definitive sale and purchase agreement is in the finalization stage and expected to be signed within the next two weeks. Business World reported that this restructuring allows Capital A to shift its focus to its other businesses, including logistics aviation services and a digital platform.
AirAsia X believes this acquisition will significantly strengthen its market position and financial stability. Last year, the company successfully exited its PN17 status, a classification for financially distressed companies on the Malaysian stock exchange.
Fernandes highlighted the need to raise capital for expanding the fleet in Indonesia and the Philippines, the group's key growth markets. AirAsia aims to launch flights to the US by the year's end and sees potential in the Philippines due to growing tourism demand.
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