Monday, March 21, 2005

AirAsia To Start Flights To Manila Next Month


KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 (Bernama) -- Leading low-fare no- frills airline, AirAsia, is starting daily flight services to Manila in the Philippines from next month.

The new service will begin simultaneously from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kota Kinabalu International Airport in Sabah from April 5.

AirAsia, in a statement Monday, said the flights would be to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (formerly Clark Angeles Airport) in Manila.

The airport is located 80 kilometres north of Manila and AirAsia said shuttle buses would be available to connect Clark and Manila.

AirAsia's group chief executive officer, Tony Fernandes, said the new service would provide more connections for the people of Philippines to visit Malaysia, and enhance the hub status of Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

"By connecting Clark to Malaysia, and linking it to our network of flights serving Thailand, Indonesia and Macau, AirAsia is indirectly bringing the people of Asean (Association of South East Asian Nation) closer and thus one step nearer to achieve a borderless Asean policy," he added.

The fares for the new destinations will start from RM129.99 for a one-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Clark and RM119.99 for Kota Kinabalu to Clark. Seats will be available for sale from March 19 onwards, AirAsia said.

Seats can also be purchased via online at www.airasia.com or call AirAsia Nationwide Call Centre at 1-30088-9933 (within Malaysia) or 6-03-7884-9000 (outside Malaysia) for phone bookings.

Source: Bernama

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