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LOW-COST CARRIER AirAsia, Inc., the operator of AirAsia Philippines, will receive six aircraft from its Malaysian parent this quarter in a bid to bolster the group’s presence in the country.
Two of the aircraft will be used by Yao-led budget airline AirAsia Zest (formerly Zest Airways), while the rest will be used by AirAsia Philippines for its international operations, AirAsia Bhd. said in a statement attached to a disclosure to the Malaysian bourse.
“With a net increase of two additional aircraft in the fourth quarter, AirAsia Zest will increase international frequencies from Manila and Kalibo to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Incheon, Busan, and Shanghai and launch new flights from Manila to Miri and Macau, from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur, and from Kalibo to Shanghai,” it said.
“Three new domestic routes from Cebu to Cagayan [will also be added],” it added.
In August, unresolved safety issues had prompted aviation regulators to suspend Zest Air’s operations. The suspension has been lifted following the airline’s compliance of six safety issues.
Zest Air has recently received regulatory approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission, from the Civil Aeronautics Board, and from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines last September to undergo rebranding.
Source: Lorenz Christoffer S. Marasigan, BusinessWold Online