PHL AirAsia outlines perks to boost travel in October

PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. said it is offering a P1 one-way fare and a 60% discount on hotel bookings for travel this month.

“More local government units have now relaxed their restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. Following Tacloban’s initiative, Negros Occidental has now scrapped its RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test) requirement for fully vaccinated individuals,” the low-cost airline said in a statement on Monday.

On Friday last week, the province of Cebu issued an executive order removing a negative RT-PCR test result and requiring only a medical certificate taken within 24 hours of departure, it added.

The airline said passengers can take advantage of its “flight + hotel” promotion from as low as P2,435 per guest for a round trip ticket and three days-two nights stay in Boracay, Bohol, Cebu, and other leisure destinations.

“Guests can also enjoy up to 60% off on hotel bookings in AirAsia partner hotels… A 20% discount will also be given to guests who will pre-book their baggage and seats during the promo period. Travel period meanwhile is from Oct. 4, 2021 to Oct. 29, 2021,” it added.

The airline is hoping that its domestic operations would return to pre-pandemic levels by April or May next year.

The domestic flight frequency of the low-cost airline is currently between 10% and 15% of pre-pandemic levels.

“We are enjoying 78% load factor on a per flight basis. Going to December, we are increasing our capacity for Cebu, Boracay, Tagbilaran, and other major domestic routes,” Philippines AirAsia Chief Financial Officer Ray C. Berja said at a recent virtual briefing.

The airline is hoping to hit around 20% of its pre-pandemic capacity in the fourth quarter of the year. — Arjay L. Balinbin