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AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:09 am

"AirAsia Philippines will be starting commercial services on 28 March, about two months after receiving its air operator's certificate.

It will be operating twice daily Clark-Davao and Clark-Kalibo services using Airbus A320s, said the airline in a statement.

The services will be operated out of its base at the Diosdado Macapagal international airport in Clark.

AirAsia Philippines will be competing with Airphil Express on both routes."

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news

Will be interesting to see what becomes of AirAsia's latest subsidiary.
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RE: AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:14 am

There's a very big seat sale going on right now for CRK-KLO and CRK-DVO: PQ is offering 2000 seats for P275 all-in, one-way. This will be very interesting indeed, and I hope PQ can make its foray into CRK successful.
 
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RE: AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:12 pm

Clark-Kalibo sounds interesting   boracay here i come!

I assume it will only be a matter of time before AA-Phil use its metal for CRK-KUL route.

Wishing them the very best of luck for their foray into the Islands aviation sector. With the backing of its wide network i hope they start offering connections to KUL and beyond eventually.
 
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RE: AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:22 am

I think it's great that this airline is finally comencing service! But, I think it will be a failure operating out of CRK. It needs to be MNL! I mean fine, there is surely demand from the Pampanga region itself, but not that much! This airline wants a large piece of the Manila cake, but with Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express and Zest Air having their bases at MNL, who would want to fly to/from CRK? The few LCCs that already do, can do so thanks to the travelers going to/from northern Luzon (not MNL!), and this market is well served as it is.

So AirAsia Philippines needs to relocate their hub to MNL if they want to become a major player in the country, OR the government invests in a high-speed railway system to CRK and move the whole centre of Philippine aviation to CRK. This will have to be done sooner or later as MNL will handle around 34 million passengers this year, without any room to grow. Although, this is another story...

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RE: AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:58 am

Quoting CityAirline (Reply 3):
So AirAsia Philippines needs to relocate their hub to MNL if they want to become a major player in the country, OR the government invests in a high-speed railway system to CRK and move the whole centre of Philippine aviation to CRK. This will have to be done sooner or later as MNL will handle around 34 million passengers this year, without any room to grow. Although, this is another story

I agree. I think the long term vision to make CRK into a major airport is not going to materialize within the near future. The current expansion of the airport is a bit of a cheap'o solution and not something I think will make CRK futher attractive in the longer run. There is some potential though as there is plenty of space for runways and terminals in the area. MNL cannot be expanded so much more and the airport is a bit of a mess. If they really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to build a major airport, they should go all in, with a totally new airport layout, an express train from MNL and a long term strategy to make it more attractive to fly into Philippines. I doubt however that decision makers in the Philippines have what is necessary to raise the money for such a project and to implement a vision that can compete with countries in the region.
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RE: AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:10 pm

Good for Air Asia and the Philippines! Air Asia has really it's footprint in just about every country in Southeast Asia now, but the Philippines is becoming a very competitive domestic market!

What about Vietnam? I know they were trying to get in there a few years ago but red tape prohibited then from opening a branch in the country. With 90 million people, a well run LCC would be very successful. I know there is Jetstar Pacific, but that does not seem to be a well run airline at the moment and who knows what VN (it's majority stake holder) has in store for it's future.

[Edited 2012-02-29 06:11:53]
 
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RE: AirAsia Philippines To Begin Operations On 28 Mar

Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:39 am

They had a trial flight to HKG quite a few weeks ago. Was wondering when their HKg flights would start. I assume it will be one of their first international flights.