Airport News - Kalibo International Airport
Clark, Pampanga - AirAsia Philippines Inc. on Wednesday began serving Filipino passengers for its direct flights to Davao and Kalibo from the Clark International Airport.
Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd witnessed the launch of the airline’s new flights to the two popular destinations.

The first Philippines AirAsia flight, PQ7001, flew for Kalibo at 7 a.m. with 143 guests, including 18 children with hearing impairment and Down Syndrome, who flew from the first time accompanied by their parents and teachers for an educational trip to Kalibo.

Maan Hontiveros, AirAsia Inc. chief executive officer, said that the carrier’s maiden flights are pioneering routes, and that the Clark to Davao and Clark to Kalibo flights will make air travel for Northern and Central Luzon passengers more convenient and comfortable.

The passengers coming from these provinces can even be spared from the heavy traffic of Edsa and long queues of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“The prospect of Philippines AirAsia starting its flights is truly exciting. Philippines is a robust and growing market,” said Tony Fernandes, chief executive officer of the AirAsia Group.

“With our pioneering flights and with the options we offer, millions of Southeast Asians will finally be able to easily access the Philippines from various parts of the Asean region,” he added. Asean is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

AirAsia’s first Airbus A320 aircraft arrived in August last year.

Air Asia holds a 40-percent equity in AirAsia Philippines, through AA International, while the remaining 60 percent is held in equal partnership by Hontiveros, Michael Romero and Antonio Cojuangco.
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