The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia’s largest budget airline will launch daily flights from Manila to Osaka, Japan starting July 1, 2019.
“The launch of direct flights between the Philippines and Japan is a milestone occasion, and we’re excited to connect our capital, Manila with Osaka,” said AirAsia Philippines president and chief executive Dexter Comendador.
“Being able to travel directly and affordably to Osaka is fantastic news for Filipinos and we’re confident this new route will serve as a gateway for guests to connect to other popular destinations in Japan such as Kyoto and Nara,” he added.
Osaka will become the airline’s eighth international destination from the Philippines, connecting Filipinos with the wonders of Osaka and the Kansai region in Japan.
“We are also excited to welcome guests from Osaka and its neighbouring regions to the Philippines. This international route will contribute to the government’s target of 8.2 million visitors this year,” Comendador said.
AirAsia is offering all-in promotional fares between Manila and Osaka starting at just P1,990.
AirAsia launched commercial flights at Clark in 2012 before transferring its hub to Metro Manila following a strategic partnership with ZestAir in 2013.
The airline operates several flights to and from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan (Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark, and Iloilo in the Philippines, with international flights to and from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou, Vietnam, Shenzhen, Kaohshing, Bali, Shenzhen, Indonesia and Singapore.
Malaysia’s Air Asia, through AA International, owns 40 percent of Philippines’ Air Asia Inc., while Filipinos Marriane Hontiveros, Michael Romero, Antonio Cojuangco and Alfredo Yao hold the balance of 60 percent.