AirAsia plans Clark-Bangkok flights in April

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia,

Posted at Dec 20 2012 11:27 AM | Updated as of Dec 21 2012 12:29 AM

CLARK, Pampanga - Philippines' low cost carrier AirAsia Inc. is planning to mount flights from Clark International Airport to Bangkok, Thailand in April.

AirAsia CEO Maan Hontiveros gives an AirAsia aircraft to Taiwan Ambassador Raymond Wang, as Clark International Airport Corp. president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano looks on. Courtesy of AirAsia

AirAsia chief executive officer Marianne "Maan" Hontiveros said the airline is looking at starting flights to Bangkok in time for the busy summer holiday season.

"We're looking at Bangkok. And I want to resume Puerto Princesa again (in April)... I also want to bring back Davao (flights) to daily," she told

Earlier this year, AirAsia suspended its flights from Clark to Puerto Princesa and Macau, as well as reduced its flights to Davao.

"We had to make a strategic decision because the loads (to Puerto Princesa) were not so good. Also our locator status here in Clark, we have to have 70% regional and 30% domestic, so I had to re-adjust the flights. I had to reduce the domestic flights. I had to prioritize and right now, there's a lot of airlines servicing Puerto Princesa and I think they haev to catch up with their infrastructure," Hontiveros said.

While it reduced some flights, the airline added more frequencies to Hong Kong, as well as started two new flights to Singapore and Taipei.

Next year, AirAsia will get three new aircraft, which it will use for the new routes.

Asked how to assess the airline's operations so far, Hontiveros said, "It's challenging but I think we're growing and the future looks good."

Last Sunday, AirAsia launched the first flight between Clark and Taipei, targeting overseas Filipino workers and Taiwanese tourists and businessmen.

AirAsia is the only carrier offering four times a week Clark-Taipei flights, with fights departing Clark at 12:05 p.m. and arriving at Taoyuan airport at 2:00 p.m.