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AirAsia Celebrates Inaugural Flight from Manila to Iloilo City

More air connectivity, world class service, and low fares now available in Western Visayas. Manila, 1 October 2017 – Air Asia is now flying to Iloilo International Airport, the primary gateway to Western Visayas and Panay region. The airline voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running flew its maiden flight from Manila to Iloilo today with Dinagyang – themed festivities held at both Manila and Iloilo airports to welcome guests and passengers. Dinagyang festival is Iloilo’s most celebrated religious and cultural festival held every January.

AirAsia flight Z2 309, with pilot in command AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador left Manila on time at 2:15 pm with 98% load. AirAsia’s iconic red plane was greeted with traditional water cannon salute upon landing at Iloilo airport.



AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is now painting Iloilo skies red and we are here to provide only the best and world-class service that every traveller from Iloilo and the whol of Western Visayas and beyond truly deserves. Our brand of air travel is characterized by efficiency, innovative service culture, and unparalleled low fares.”

“Our commitment is to better connect secondary cities in the Philippines to ASEAN where the AirAsia Group has extensive network across all ten countries and even beyond including Asia, Australia, India, and many more.” – AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador

Government officials led by Senator Franklin Drilon who hails from Iloilo City, Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor, Vice Mayor Atty. Jose Espinosa III of Iloilo City, Mayor Ronilo Caspe of Cabatuan, Mayor Dennis Superficial of Sta. Barbara, Mayor Michael Gorriceta of Pavia, Regional Director of DOT VI Atty. Helen Catalbas, and Iloilo Airport Terminal Manager Mercine Reyes graced the welcome ceremonies at the Iloilo airport with AirAsia Philippins Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and Jeffrey Yao, one of the airline’s Filipino investors.



Senator Franklin Drilon recollects Iloilo’s journey towards progress throughout the years

Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor on efforts to bring about the construction of the Iloilo International Airport

“We are grateful for the support from the government and local chief executives including those in the hospitality business, our hotel and travel agency partners, in crafting policies that truly support and promote tourism. Let us continue to work together to provide level-playing field, encourage fair competition that affords every traveller more and better choices, and enable the expansion of airline services to more communities,” Comendador added.

All AirAsia passengers flying to and from Iloilo also joined the celebration and received special souvenir items before boarding their flights. To celebrate AirAsia’s newest flight, promo fares for Manila – Iloilo from as low as Php 990, all-in are now available for booking at www.airasia.com from October 2 until October 15, 2017 and valid for travel starting October 9, 2017 to March 31, 2018. AirAsia services Manila – Iloilo with three flights daily using the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320s that can accommodate up to 180 passengers.

AirAsia CEO Dexter Comendador on Iloilo. #AirAsiainIloilo #AirAsiaIloilo

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About AirAsia Philippines. AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.

AAP operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Kalibo. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan (Boaracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark, and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou, Vietnam and Singapore. AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2017.

About the AirAsia Group. AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. With 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 350 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircrafts to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborated with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.

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