Air Asia Gets Ready To Start Operations, Offers Transparent Promo Rates

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Posted (edited) airline Philippine Air Asia Inc. (AirAsia)is set to start operations in the country, assuring passengers that "transparency" would be the hallmark of its brand and that it would offer promos without any hidden charges.In a statement Tuesday, AirAsia said it will service its route frequencies with two daily flights from Clark International Airport toFrancisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao and Kalibo International Airport.Its first promo is the "all-in fare of P275 one way." The P275 seat sale is a zero-seat promo where the seat is totally free and the passenger is paying P275 to cover the fuel surcharge, processing fee and government mandated aviation security fee and value-added tax."We want to show what our guests are actually paying for and not disappoint them with hidden charges or misleading promotions,” the company said.“In celebration of our very first promo in the Philippines, there are a total of 20,000 free seats up for grabs," said AirAsia CEO Marianne Hontiveros.The promo started Tuesday, Feb. 28, and will last until March 4. Passengers may travel from March 28, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2013 with the all-in fares available and through, as well as AirAsia apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android phones.To compliment its flight bookings, AirAsiaGo will offer hotel packages for as low as P1,649 for a four-day, three night stay with return flights and all taxes included to destinations in Davao and Kalibo.The deal is available only on In a partnership with Expedia, AirAsiaGo has over 145,000 hotel partners worldwide, and provides guests with a variety of options for tours and activities as well.As part of its commitment to develop tourism and transportation outside Metro Manila, AirAsia set up its hub in Clark, Pampanga in 2011.That same year, the airline unveiled its brand new Airbus A320s operated by an all-Filipino crew.AirAsia was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March 2012 to engage primarily in the business of passenger and cargo air transportation in the Philippines and abroad.The company is a 60-40 joint venture between Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, Michael L. Romero and Marianne “Maan” B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia International Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad. — CMA/VS, GMA News Edited by Art2ro
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