AIRASIA Philippines is on a clear and strong path to recovery after posting a 92 percent load factor in the first quarter of 2023, among the highest in all AirAsia airline operations centers.

Overall, AirAsia Philippines’ flight frequency, seat capacity and the number of passengers carried from January to March 2023 increased to almost 84 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels.

The budget carrier sold 1.4 million seats in the first quarter of 2023, eight percent higher than the previous, while sales on international seats increased by 70 percent.

The full recovery of the Philippine domestic market and stronger demand for international destinations were seen as the biggest contributing factors to this milestone, the airline said.

Steve Dailisan, AirAsia Philippines Communications and Public Affairs country head, said the airline intends to sustain the momentum by opening more international destinations this second and third quarters.

To sustain its momentum, the airline continues with the push to return to service more aircraft which will be assigned to the Cebu, Clark and Kalibo hubs.

With the full restoration of AirAsia’s domestic and international routes, destinations such as Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Boracay, Narita, Osaka and Macao have become the top-performing routes coming from the Manila Hub. AirAsia’s Cebu Hub also performed well in the Puerto Princesa and Boracay routes. (KOC)