AirAsia PH sees strong ASEAN rebound

Published May 28, 2022, 2:19 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

AirAsia Philippines sees a strong rebound in the Asean Region with the resumption of its flights to Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong-Kong, Singapore and Thailand starting June.

Already, the low-cost carrier has returned to the capital city of Sabah – Kota Kinabalu on Friday, May 27, with twice weekly flights.

“Our resumption of flights to key ASEAN destinations starting with Kota Kinabalu signifies our recovery especially in the international market,” stated AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla.

“We believe that the easing of safety protocols and test requirements by our neighboring countries have also revived the urge to travel among Filipinos,” he added.

AirAsia Philippines’ recent survey showed that Filipinos are willing to travel in smaller groups this year with their families (69 percent), partners (40 percent) and close friends (24 percent) should international travel protocols relax.

Top destinations picked by Filipino travelers include Singapore (73 percent) and Japan (71 percent).

Ranking ninth in the list of top preferred international destinations of Filipinos is Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, with 47 percent of the participants including the destination in their top choices.

Aside from Kota Kinabalu, AirAsia Philippines will also begin to fly tourists and business travelers back to Hong-Kong (weekly) and Singapore (4x weekly) as well as Bangkok (2x weekly) and Bali (2x weekly) starting next month.

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In celebration of the resumption of its international ASEAN flights, AirAsia Philippines is doing a three-day Super Flash Deals promo across all its destinations from May 27 to 29.

Interested flyers can expect discounts as high as 80 percent for hotels, flights and combined packages under SNAP, with base fares for tickets starting from P88.

The booking period is from 27-29 May 2022 for travel between September 5, 2022 to March 25, 2023.

Filipinos traveling outside the Philippines are required to download and install the Traze Contact Tracing App, and register for the e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC) through the Bureau of Quarantine’s OneHealthPass (OHP).

Depending on their country of destination, a traveler might be required to present other supporting documents and medical certificates.

Some of the ASEAN countries like Thailand also require travelers to purchase travel and health insurance which will cover hospitalizations in case of COVID-19 infection.

 
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