Philippines AirAsia Offers Discounts to Government Workers

Civil service workers and others travelling on taxpayer money now an incentive to travel on low-cost carrier Philippines AirAsia.  

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On May 2, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) signed an annual Government Fares Agreement (GFA) with Philippines AirAsia that enables government employees on official trips to fly with them at an eight- to nine-percent discount off their normal fares.  In addition, they will enjoy a 20-kg baggage allowance and waived processing and rebooking fees.

During the signing, AirAsia Philippines Chief Dexter Comendador said to the DBM 'We are your partners in nation building and for the men and women in public service we will go the extra mile to give you and every Filipino traveller what we all truly deserve: seamless connectivity, world-class service and affordable fares.'  

For his part Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno remarked that it is their 'duty to get the most out of the limited public resources entrusted to [them].  Being an initiative of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Procurement Service (PS), it seeks to limit costs and secure savings in the procurement of air transport needs of all government employees for their official trips.' 

To avail of the discount, employees will need to use the Procurement Service website.

Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines were partners in previous GFAs, which started in 2016.  As at the end of December 2017, a total of ₱202.8 million (US$3.88 million, £2.89 million, €3.26 million) worth of revenues has been generated for the GFA.  This has translated to a savings of about ₱19.5 million (US$375,00, £279,000, €314,500) for taxpayers.

Source: Rappler, AirAsia, Department of Budget and Management

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