AirAsia launches Manila-HCMC service


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.

Competition is keen on the route already, with PAL and Vietnam Airlines enjoying the best time slots with mid-day flights from Manila.

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.


  1. Hi,

    I managed to get low promo fare at USD137 inclusive of 20kg luggage both ways. If not, its just USD95. Its not even the cheapest.

    How did u get that high?

    • My quote was on skyscanner, it’s a guideline, AirAsia is very savvy with its fare yield management with fares changing frequently as the plane fills up. Thanks for your feedback.

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