Zest Air presents 4 new aircrafts for Clark hub

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2008 07:26 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2008 08:50 AM

Zest Air, the local airline formerly known as Asian Spirit, presented today its 4 newly acquired aircrafts that will soon serve its regional flights from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), the country's alternative premier airport located in Clark, Pampanga.

Zest Air president and CEO Alfredo Yao led the presentation of the airline's 4 new aircraft at the Asian Aerospace Hangar of the 2,500-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

"Clark will be the premier international airport that is why we decided to mount flights from the DMIA. We see a lot of potential for the airport and this is a welcome development for the airline industry in the country," Yao said.

Zest Air has acquired three M-60 airplanes with a seating capacity of 56, and an Airbus A320 with 162 passenger capacity. All four aircraft arrived at the DMIA's civil aviation complex.

The carrier is planning to mount regional international flights from DMIA to serve the Asian region. Yao said the target regional destinations from Clark include Hong Kong, Incheon, Macau, Xiamen, Shanghai, and Bangkok.

"The impending flights of Zest Air are another major development for DMIA, a move that is in accordance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's vision of making the DMIA the country's premier international airport," Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Lucianosaid in a statement.

Luciano, together with executive vice president and COO Alexander Cauguiran, and VP for operations and DMIA general manager Bienvenido Manga graced Zest Air's presentation of its 4 new aircrafts.

Last month, leading local low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific also established its international operations in Clark, its fourth hub after Cebu, Manila, and Davao. From DMIA, Cebu Pacific serves four regional destinations--Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Macau. It has only one plane based in Clark serving these regional routes.

Zest air, on the other hand, is set to further beef up its Asian flights from Clark. Yao said that another Airbus A320 aircraft is set to arrive by January 3.

He added that starting December 20, Zest Air will be mounting domestic flights from Manila to Cebu and Davao. Two more Airbus A320, he said, are expected to arrive by mid-2009.