AirAsia PH performance improves

Published July 18, 2020, 10:00 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

AirAsia Philippines yesterday reported that since the easing of travel restrictions, seats they sold for June increased by 30% versus the previous month. 

“AirAsia’s road to recovery has started and this has kept us in good spirits knowing that we are in the midst of the aviation industry’s upturn,” announced AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla.

AirAsia Philippines’ June performance contributed to AirAsia Group’s recent record-breaking 41,000 seats sold in a single day post hibernation.

Popular routes booked include Manila to Puerto Princesa and Davao. Flights to and from Davao similarly showed consistently high load factors throughout the month.

“We are committed to gradually restoring our network. This month (July), we are glad to resume international flights, starting with Kuala Lumpur, where AirAsia’s headquarters is located,” according to Isla.

AirAsia Philippines initially operated 9 routes from 3 of its hubs (Manila, Clark, Cebu), using 7 aircraft in its first month since the hibernation of its fleet. 

Nearly 200 commercial flights were mounted in June, flying over 10,000 guests domestically.

This July, the airline is serving eleven routes, including an international route to Malaysia.

Meanwhile, with travel plans being fluid during the current pandemic, AirAsia offers enhanced flexibility options for those who wish to make changes to their flights. 

Guests with bookings made between June 3 and October 31, 2020 may make an unlimited number of flight date changes via the ‘My Bookings’ tab on or the AirAsia mobile app. 

Flights may be rebooked for travel up to 31 December 2020, subject to seat availability and fare difference. 

Flight changes may be made up to 48 hours before the original departure time.

Add-ons such as baggage allowance, meals and seats will be carried to the next flight booking, subject to availability on the new flight.

Guests can expect enhanced safety measures throughout the entire journey. 

These include the mandatory wearing of face masks to be permitted to travel, amongst others.

Guests are also advised to check and comply with measures implemented by local airport authorities for a smooth travel experience.