AirAsia Zest Launches Fly-Thru Service to Australia

In likely what is a competitive response to Cebu Pacific's upcoming launch of long haul low-cost flights to Australia, AirAsia Zest has announced that it will be offering a "Fly-Thru" service from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide in Australia.

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Although Cebu Pacific will be operating direct flights from Manila to Sydney, AirAsia's service offers a convenient one stop connecting service to three major Australian gateways through Kuala Lumpur International Airport's brand new Terminal 2.

According to officials from AirAsia Zest, introductory promotional fares to Australia from the Philippines will start as low as P5,609 one-way including all taxes and surcharges. Passengers will enjoy seamless transit, hassle free luggage check-in and convenient connections from the Philippines to Australia.

"Fly-Thru allows AirAsia Zest guests to seamlessly connect on multiple flight legs on certain flights without needing to pass through immigration, collect bags, check-in between flights or have a transit visa," AirAsia said in a statement. "Bags will be automatically checked through to the final destination."

AirAsia Zest CEO Joy Caneba highlighted that the new service will not only offer a pleasant and convenient travel experience for passengers but would also help to boost tourism and encourage overseas workers to come home more often with the affordable fares.

"We offer guests the convenience of connecting seamlessly at low fares and at the same time ensuring that our guests enjoy only the best quality service from us," said Caneba. "The seamless connectivity and convenience of travelling between the Philippines and Australia via our Fly Thru service will further boost tourism and encourage our Filipino overseas workers to come home as often as possible."

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Passengers will enjoy the convenience of departing from the smaller Terminal 4 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport where they will board an AirAsia Zest A320 flight bound for Kuala Lumpur. Upon arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2, passengers carrying the onward boarding pass to Australia will be asked to proceed to International Transfer and go through a security check prior to boarding the flight to Australia operated by a 377-seat Airbus A330-300 of AirAsia X, the long haul division of AirAsia.

Unlike budget carrier flights operated by Cebu Pacific, passengers travelling with AirAsia have the opportunity to choose between either Economy Class or Business Class. AirAsia X aircraft also feature a "Quiet Zone" where guests aged 12 and under are not permitted to sit. AirAsia X aircraft are equipped with 365 seats in Economy with a nine-abreast configuration, while 12 seats are offered in Business Class.

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AirAsia X's Business Class offers a real business class seat that features the ability to recline into a Premium FlatBed. Seats are also equipped with personalised reading lights, foldaway tables, adjustable foot rests and head rests, as well as a universal power socket.


For in-flight entertainment, guests have the option of reserving a Samsung Galaxy Tablet featuring the latest box office movies, television shows, hours of video games, and music. Each tablet boasts a 10.1" HD quality widescreen display and up to 10 hours of battery life. Complimentary headsets are provided with each reservation. All guests may also earn points from AirAsia's BIG Loyalty program

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Officials from AirAsia Philippines have previously expressed interest in launching their own long haul division under the AirAsia X brand from Clark International Airport. However, officials from AirAsia X dismissed the idea suggesting that it was premature given the need to first establish the AirAsia brand profitably in the Philippines. 

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