AirAsia backs Davao gateway plans


DAVAO, 24 July 2017: Low-cost giant, AirAsia, has announced its latest route to Davao, Philippines with four weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur commencing 21 December 2017.

Operated exclusively by AirAsia (flight code AK), the new service is the fourth direct route from Malaysia to the Philippines after Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.

On the latter the airline has already flown 577,536 passengers in 2015 and 2016 alone.

(From Left to Right): Captain Dexter Comendador, AirAsia Philippines CEO; Ambassador Alfredo Yao, Philippines AirAsia Stockholder; Secretary Ramon Lopez, Department of Trade and Industry; and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, during the launch of AirAsia’s new direct route from Kuala Lumpur to Davao which was announced at the 4th Davao Investment Conference in Davao, Philippines.

AirAsia also connects passengers to other cities in the Philippines including Clark, Manila, Caticlan, Kalibo, Tacloban, Palawan, Cebu and Tagbilaran.

The route was officially announced, last Friday, in conjunction with the Davao Investment Conference 2017.

The launch event was attended by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, and AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, commented: “Today marks the start of the next phase of our commitment to Davao. We believe Davao has the potential to be the international gateway for Asean to the southern Philippines, beginning with this new route to Kuala Lumpur. We strongly support the development of cities outside Metro Manila, and we are confident that by increasing connectivity and accessibility to affordable air travel, AirAsia can help play a role in boosting economic growth in the south.”

To celebrate the new route, AirAsia is offering all-in-fares from RM99* one-way for bookings until 30 July for the travel period 21 December 2017 to 28 August 2018.

Davao offers travellers a mix of natural surroundings, islands and beaches, distinct city attractions and festivals. Famous sites include the country’s highest waterfall, Aliwagwag Falls, that comprises more than 130 cascading waterfalls; Samal Island, an oasis located 10 minutes away from the city with white sandy beaches and a world record bat sanctuary at Monfort Bat Cave; Mount Apo, the highest volcano and mountain in the country; Tamayong Prayer Mountain, which boasts a well-manicured landscape adorned with European-style buildings set to a cool climate all year round; and more.

Festival goers will enjoy the annual Kadayawan Festival, a celebration of life to give thanks for the city’s bountiful harvests, and the Pasko Fiesta sa Davao, a month-long yuletide festival in December. Foodies can enjoy the city’s gastronomical delights, including tropical fruits such as durian; kinilaw, marinated and seasoned fresh tuna or swordfish; pakfry, a meal made from tuna tail; and suman, a sweet rice cake cooked and wrapped in coconut milk that is best served with the Cebuano style hot chocolate called sikwate.

*Promotional all-in fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.