TRAVEL NEWS: Air Asia Philippines in 2011?

4:05 PM

There's a slight buzz in the airline travel industry lately.

First of which is that Air Asia, the biggest budget airline in South East Asia, is seemingly interested in entering into a joint venture with "a consortium of Philippine business leaders." Here's the complete story from Agence France-Presse.

If I got it right, this means Air Asia will be setting up a hub here in the Philippines and in effect more routes from the Philippines to other countries and not just to LCCT in Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu.  No need to fly to Kuala Lumpur and wait 18 hours for one's "connecting" flight!  Weee! [In fact, We (the tampeeps) actually flew via Air Asia Thailand to Hanoi, Vietnam for our 2009 Holiday.]

If this pushes through, they would be a major competition for local budget carrier Cebu Pacific. Hmm... How do you think Cebu Pacific will retaliate? Hopefully, even LOWER fares, more frequent Seat Sales, and MORE international routes! (To Melbourne, Australia maybe?)

Another one making the headlines is South East Air Lines or more popularly known as SEAIR. The airline known for its routes to party island Boracay and enchanting Batanes will start its international flights to Singapore on December 16 by " flying a leased Airbus A319 from its base at Clark airport." Here's the complete report.

International routes to Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok will commence next year when they get their hands on a second airbus. (Is it going to be a leased one too? Or are they finally going to be able to purchase one? I wonder.)

Sooooo, more budget carriers for Juan Dela Cruz. Hmmm....

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