• AirAsia Zest eyes direct flights to Bali, Jakarta


    Low-cost carrier AirAsia Zest is considering flying direct to Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia to serve Filipino professionals residing in those areas.

    “There are very few direct flights to Indonesia from here,” Marianne Hontiveros, chairman of AirAsia Philippines, told reporters on the sidelines of the AirAsia Zest livery event held at the Solaire Casino complex in Manila on Wednesday. “We also have an affiliate there, Airasia Indonesia. So we can feed off each other.”

    “I think in Jakarta, it’s both—a lot of Filipino professionals are there in both mid- to top-level management,” she added.

    Bali and Bandung are also interesting, she added.

    In October last year, AirAsia Zest launched a new route from Manila to Miri, Malaysia, further expanding its regional network.

    AirAsia Zest flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu increased in frequency from four times to seven times weekly starting December 2013. The newly rebranded airline recently announced new flights from Cebu’s Mactan International Airport to Kuala Lumpur.

    Domestic destinations such as Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Davao and Cagayan de Oro have been added since November 15 last year.

    AirAsia, in partnership with Solaire Resort and Casino, has unveiled a branding project in the Philippines.

    Solaire wraps its brightly colored livery on AirAsia’s Airbus A320, which is scheduled to embark on its maiden flight in July. Solaire is the first-ever consumer brand in the country to fully wrap and brand a commercial aircraft, with an underlying push to promote tourism in the Philippines and in greater Asia.

    The company said this collaboration between Solaire and AirAsia represents another step forward in providing modern travel and leisure experiences for its customers.

    This partnership will facilitate more passenger and cargo traffic in both regional and domestic flights, and foster stronger trade, cultural and tourism ties within Asia.

    “We are thrilled to carry Solaire’s brand in the sky and on the ground at the airports here and abroad extending to as far as Malaysia, China and Korea,” Hontiveros said.



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