AirAsia to boost international flights from Cebu

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AirAsia Philippines is ramping up its international flights departing from Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), including reopening routes to popular international destinations.

In a statement, AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Ricky Isla said their future expansion plans include the reopening of flights to Kuala Lumpur, Narita, Osaka, Taipei, and Seoul.

Currently, AirAsia Philippines operates flights to and from MCIA via Manila and other destinations such as Boracay, Davao, and Puerto Princesa.

AirAsia Philippines recently took part in the launching of Aboitiz GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation’s (AGMCAC) “Cebu Connect” initiative.

Cebu Connect aims to position Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) as a premier transfer hub for connecting flights through the initial Minimum Connectivity Time (MCT) of 60 minutes.

Isla lauded AGMCAC’s initiative, claiming this is a win not only for the Philippines but also for ASEAN.

“We commend AGMCAC’s initiative for simplifying airport transfers. This delivers a great boost for millions of guests gaining access to a wider network of destinations while making travel to numerous connecting destinations more seamless and convenient,” Isla said.

He added, “Integrating Cebu Connect into AirAsia Philippines' offerings will elevate the quality of our services and strengthen our position as the undisputed World’s Best Low-Cost Airline.”

Apart from accessible transfers between AirAsia Philippines flights
and those of partner airlines,  Isla said that, with Cebu Connect, millions of guests will now have access to a wider network of destinations.

“Given the opportunity, we would like to offer new destinations such as Bangkok, Vietnam, Phnom Penh, and additional cities in North Asia. These potential routes will provide more travel options and strengthen Cebu’s position as a key international transfer hub in the region,” he added.

AirAsia Philippines flies to 13 domestic destinations and 13 international destinations.