AirAsia celebrates their Manila – Iloilo inaugural flight

Guess what, guys. The “City of Love” has never been closer! That’s because AirAsia is now flying to Iloilo International Airport, the primary gateway to Western Visayas and Panay region. The airline voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running flew its maiden flight from Manila to Iloilo today with Dinagyang-themed festivities held at both Manila and Iloilo airports to welcome guests and passengers.

For the benefit of my foreign readers who aren’t aware, the Dinagyang festival is Iloilo’s most celebrated religious and cultural festival held every January.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of this inaugural flight which brings me back to Iloilo after 3 long years.

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Philippines AirAsia CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador (center)

AirAsia flight Z2 309, with pilot-in-command AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador left Manila on time at 2:15PM with 98% load. Upon landing, AirAsia’s iconic red plane was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute at Iloilo airport.

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During the very lively and festive ceremony, AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said that they are now painting Iloilo skies red and are here to provide only the best and world-class service that every traveler from Iloilo and the whole of Western Visayas and beyond truly deserves. Their brand of air travel is characterized by efficiency, innovative service culture, and unparalleled low fares.

He also adds that AirAsia’s commitment is to better connect secondary cities in the Philippines to ASEAN where the AirAsia Group has extensive network across all ten countries and even beyond including Asia, Australia, India, and many more.

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Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor

During the welcome ceremonies at Iloilo Airport, Government officials graced the event led by Senator Franklin Drilon who hails from Iloilo City, Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor, Vice Mayor Atty. Jose Espinosa III of Iloilo City, Mayor Ronilo Caspe of Cabatuan, Mayor Dennis Superficial of Sta. Barbara, Mayor Michael Gorriceta of Pavia, Regional Director of DOT VI Atty. Helen Catalbas, and Iloilo Airport Terminal Manager Mercine Reyes. Also attending the momentous occasion were AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and Jeffrey Yao, Vice Chair of Philippine Business Bank, and representative of his father, Alfred Yao, one of the airline’s Filipino investors.

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Senator Franklin Drilon

All AirAsia passengers flying to and from Iloilo also joined the celebration and received special souvenir items before boarding their flights.

Itching to fly to Iloilo anytime soon? You’re in for an awesome treat! Read on and get excited!

Take advantage of AirAsia’s promo fares!

To celebrate AirAsia’s newest flight, promo fares for Manila – Iloilo from as low as P990 (all-in) are now available for booking at from October 2 until October 15, 2017 and valid for travel starting October 9, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

There’s no better time to plan that Iloilo getaway than now!

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Flanked by AirAsia All-Stars (L-R): Philippines AirAsia Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, Senator Franklin Drilon, Philippines AirAsia CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador, Iloilo Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor, Iloilo Terminal Manager Mercine Reyes and Vice President of Philippine Business Bank Jeffrey Yao

Congratulations, AirAsia!

Guys, watch out for my vlog about this inaugural flight very soon! As of writing, I am still in Iloilo currently vlogging this getaway.

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AirAsia services Manila – Iloilo with three flights daily using the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320s that can accommodate up to 180 passengers.

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