Air Asia Philippines, which recently got granted license to fly within Philippine airspace has launched its opening salvo by offering P275 all-in fare for direct flights from its hub at Clark International Airport to Kalibo and Davao.
Yes, Davao is one of the selected destinations in Air Asia’s maiden flights in the country and that could be a testament that Davao presents opportunities for Filipinos in northern and central Luzon to pay us a visit for business or tourism. Obviously, Kalibo, the only other destination available from Clark, has been well-known as the gateway to the world-class resort of Boracay.
The P275 all-in fare means you don’t have to expect additional charges to be able to fly Air Asia Philippines. As a matter of fact, the fare costs zero pesos. The amount to be paid covers fuel charge, processing fee and the government mandated VAT. Imagine if there’s no VAT, we could be paying less than P275 to fly from Clark to Davao. But then again, this is hard to beat even if Cebu Pacific’s low-fare offers come in handy every now and then.
Marianne Hontiveros, chief executive of AirAsia Philippines told reporters that there are a total of 20,000 seats available for its first promo in the country.
In addition to the Clark-Kalibo and Clark-Davao route, Air Asia Philippines is also looking to fly to Palawan from Clark, boosting the island’s tourism sector with the formal declaration of its Underground River as one of the seven wonders of nature.
Update 1: Mindanao Examiner mentioned that by April 15, the twice daily route between Clark and Davao will be reduced to only one flight daily to give way for a Clark-Puerto Princesa route.