By: Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com December 21, 2013 1:26 AM
MANILA - AirAsia Zest on Friday said it has started its three times a week flights to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from Mactan Cebu International Airport.
"With our new Cebu to Kota Kinabalu flights, air transport connectivity between the Queen City of the South and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and other parts of the region where many Filipinos are experiencing poor connectivity and high fares will greatly improve,” Joy Caneba, executive vice president and chief operating officer of AirAsia Zest said in a statement.
AirAsia Zest is offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as P760 one way until December 29. The travel period is from December 20 this year to February 28 next year.
“This is another marvelous achievement and a great development for East Malaysia, following the recent celebration of the inaugural flight from Manila to Miri on December 7, the first ever route operated by any airline in the region,” Aireen Omar, AirAsia Berhad chief executive said.
“We are proud with AirAsia Zest--our sister airline--for narrowing the gap between Malaysia and the Philippines, enhancing bilateral ties between the two nations and establishing a closer relationship between both communities,” Omar said.
AirAsia Zest serves domestic destinations such as Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro, as well as international points, including China and South Korea, from its hub in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The carrier operates a fleet of 13 aircraft.
Philippines AirAsia (PAA) holds a 49 percent stake in AirAsia Zest after signing an agreement with former ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, owner of Zest Airways Inc last March. PAA, meawhile, is a joint venture amongst Antonio O. Cojuangco, Michael L. Romero, Marianne Hontiveros, and AirAsia Investment Ltd.