Air Asia Zest Planning Flights to Indonesia

AirAsia Zest, the Philippine affiliate of Malaysia based AirAsia Group, is planning to pursue launching flights between Manila and Indonesia pending a successful round of air talks between the two countries.

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According to Marianne Hontiveros, Chair of AirAsia Zest, the carrier sees opportunities between both countries for the development of trade and business related travel. She added that presently there are few flights between the two neighbouring Southeast Asian countries.

Indonesia and the Philippines have yet to identify a definitive date for the pending air talks. However, management at AirAsia Zest are already exploring the opportunities. "There are few direct flights to Indonesia from here," said Hontiveros. "We also have an affiliate there, AirAsia Indonesia. So we can feed each other."

Hontiveros noted that Jakarta could become a potential business destination with the extensive number of Filipino professionals residing there. "There are a lot of Filipino professionals there from mid-to-top level management," said Hontiveros. She added that in terms of tourism, Bandung, Bali, and West Java are all attractive destinations.

AirAsia Zest currently operates from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 and is majority owned by Filipino businessman Alfredo Yao. AirAsia recently entered into a partnership with Solaire Resort and Casino to completely brand one of AirAsia's Airbus A320 aircraft in a special corporate livery making Solaire the first ever consumer brand in the Philippines to completely brand an entire aircraft.

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