AirAsia Zest flies to Singapore from Cebu, Kalibo
MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia Zest of AirAsia (Philippines) Inc. and Zest Airways Corporation of Ambassador Alfredo Yao eyes international expansion and sets to mount flights to Singapore from Cebu, and Kalibo, Aklan.
Including in its petition to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is to impose fuel surcharge on its international passenger tickets. Specifically, petition for a P1800 ($40*) fuel surcharge on passengers of Cebu - Singapore and Kalibo - Singapore routes.
The airline is committed in connecting communities in the Philippines, AirAsia Zest chief executive officer Joy Cañeba previously said in a statement.
The low cost carrier launched new domestic routes from its Cebu and Kalibo hubs and started flying to Davao and Cagayan de Oro from Cebu and Davao from Kalibo.
“With our newest routes between Cebu and Mindanao, we would like to provide much-needed connections and tap into underserved markets, grow it, as there is definitely great tourism and business potentials between these awesome cities,” Cañeba said.
AirAsia Zest also flies from Cebu to Manila; Incheon and Seoul, South Korea; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
To date, AirAsia Zest and AirAsia Philippines currently operate a combined fleet of 14 aircraft servicing Cebu; Kalibo, Boracay; Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Tacloban; and Tagbilaran, Bohol.
The low cost carrier also flies internationally in parts of Asia, China, and South Korea from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Kalibo International Airport, and Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
In July this year, AirAsia Zest asked for additional seat entitlement to Macau.
AirAsia Philippines holds 49% stake in AirAsia Zest after a partnership agreement was signed in March 2013 and also in that year, ZestAir was fully rebranded as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia.
Parent firm AirAsia, meanwhile, services 88 destinations; carried over 230 million guests; and grown its fleet from two aircraft to over 160 since it started operating 12 years ago. – Rappler.com
*($1 = P44.99)