Airasia PH launches flights to Singapore, Taipei


 MANILA, Philippines – Low cost carrier Philippines’ AirAsia on Sunday launched flights for Singapore and Taiwan in an effort to boost tourism in the country and provide service for thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Maan Hontiveros, AirAsia Inc. CEO, said the move was in line with their commitment to “serve the under-served” by offering low cost travel options.

AirAsia flies four times a week to Taipei, its newest regional destination, with flights departing at 12:05 p.m. and arriving at Taoyuan International Airport at 2 p.m. Hontiveros said that the time of arrival in Taipei would be very useful for OFWs whose first stop was usually for medical check-ups.

By January, she said they are hoping to expand their Taiwan-bound trips to daily flights.

Meanwhile, the low cost carrier offers daily flights for Singapore. Flights depart at 6:10 a.m. and arrive at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 at 9:40 a.m.

Hontiveros said that they do not only want to help the 177,600 OFWs in Singapore and 100,000 OFWs in Taiwan but also seek to increase tourism in the Philippines with their new services.
Ambassador Raymond Wang of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (TECO) said that AirAsia’s “reasonable airfare” would no doubt attract more tourists to the Philippines.

The Philippine embassy has pegged Taiwan as its Philippines’ fifth largest source of tourism with some 155,000 Taiwanese tourists entering the country in October this year alone.

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  • imnotmyopic

    wait and see! will be flying airasia on dec 23rd from taipei. why doesnt airasia open more domestic flights in the phils once it gets there on the same day. with its arrival time at 4pm from taipei, i dont think it’s wiser to stay overnight in clark and fly the next day to only a few domestic destinations. noboby wants to get stuck in clark for 2 days (to and fro). a waste of time on a short holiday. consider opening a direct flight from taipei to cebu, davao, or puerto.

  • prince_janus

    Bullshit, Air Asia! You better pack-up from the Philippines. This is a Swindler company. It can’t be trusted. Oh guys, think twice before you will book a ticket from this airline company. They always cancel a flight. They had a very bad customer service. Its hard to reach them via phone and email. I’ll never book again a ticket from them.I cancelled my travel because they cancelled the flight.  Up to now, I haven’t received my refund.

    • Iggy Ramirez

      Thanks for that. I almost booked Air Asia for my flight to Davao. 

      What other airlines have a decent service nowadays? Cebu Pacific still leaves a lot to be desired, if not downright horrible.

    • Rolex

      Same here prince_janus, AIR F@*KING ASIA, cancelled ALL the trips from Clark to Puerto Princesa. We booked the hotel and tours and then they screwed everything up. We haven’t received the refund up to now. BEWARE DO NOT BOOK AIR ASIA.

    • Hagler

      maybe it owns and runs by switiks.

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