MANILA -- AirAsia said Monday it would fly direct between Manila and the Chinese city of Shenzhen, dubbed Asia's answer to Silicon Valley, starting December 1.
The low cost carrier started its Cebu-Shenzhen flights last April. Without direct flights, travelers had to travel to Hong Kong or Beijing before reaching Shenzhen.
"China is an important market for us and we are looking to expand our network further and connect Filipino travelers to new and exciting business and leisure cities," said AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador.
Telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE are headquartered in the southern Chinese city.
AirAsia will fly direct to Shenzhen every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Direct flights from Cebu to Shenzhen are also on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.