MANILA, 5 October 2017: Philippines AirAsia will start a new service from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam this November.
The airline has already opened booking for the new service due to get underway 7 November with a VIP loaded inaugural flight.
Using an Airbus A320 aircraft the airline will fly the route three times weekly.
The downside for passengers is the late night departure scheduled for 2315 from Manila (arriving in HCMC at 0105) and the 0135 departure slot from Ho Chi Minh City that will get passengers into Manila at the unearthly hour of 0515.
Flights depart Manila on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for the return sector. This is definitely a downside for AirAsia fans who are used to having a daily flight option.
Cebu Pacific flies in the evening, while AirAsia, the route’s late comer, is lumbered with a red-eye departure almost at midnight.
The departure time differences are reflected in the airfares. Confident Vietnam Airlines pegs its lowest fare at USD357 on fare comparison site, Skyscanner for its midday departure.
Also flying out at midday, PAL sells its best offer at USD305 for the two-hour, 50-minute flight.
AirAsia sells at USD242, not the cheapest offer despite its terrible slot time. It is pipped at the post by Cebu Pacific with a fare of USD181 and it leaves in the early evening.