AirAsia optimistic despite new Delta strain

Published October 28, 2021, 1:47 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla


AirAsia Philippines remains “cautiously optimistic” on the strong return of the demand for air travel despite the discovery of a new strain of the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.

“Although the discovery of the more contagious variant of Delta is definitely not good news for airline companies, we believe that Filipinos along with other citizens of the world have significantly adjusted to the challenges brought about by the global health crisis,” AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla stated Oct. 27, 2021.

The AY 4.2 variant or the ‘Delta Plus’, a subvariant of the Delta strain has been detected in most European countries, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Other Asian countries that reported cases of the new strain include China and Thailand.

However, rhe World Health Organization (WHO)-Philippines allayed fears among Filipinos saying that although they are closely monitoring, ‘Delta Plus’ is not yet considered a variant of concern and it hasn’t reached the Philippines as of this time.

The battle to defeat COVID-19 is a shared responsibility, Isla stressed.

AirAsia guests should practice responsible travelling in the new normal, which involves adherence to all requirements set by the Local Government Units as well as strict observance of the protocols implemented across all touchpoints of their journey, he noted.

To date, the list of AirAsia Philippines destinations which no longer require guests to present negative RT-PCR tests include Cebu, Caticlan (Boracay), Kalibo, Bohol, Tacloban and Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Iloilo.

“AirAsia welcomes the decision of our LGU partners, allowing greater mobility for fully vaccinated individuals,” he remarked.

“As we continue to experience the easing of restrictions, our guests can expect strict observance to safety protocols throughout their journey with us.”

AirAsia announced another round of its P1SO fare sale October 25 to 31, with travel dates from October 24, 2021 to October 29, 2022.

AirAsia has maintained the highest standards in safety including contactless procedures during check-in, boarding, inflight and baggage collection.

In fact, AirAsia Philippines was the first airline in the country to mount a flight with a fully vaccinated crew.