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AirAsia, the world's best low cost airline for ten consecutive years by Skytrax marked another milestone last October 28, 2018 as it inaugurated its maiden flight to Cagayan de Oro from Manila. AirAsia also celebrated the expansion of its domestic network with addition of new flights from Cagayan de Oro to  Cebu, Iloilo, and Clark. 

Arriving at Laguindingan Airport, the main airport that serves the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Lanao del Norte, including the cities of Cagayan de Oro, and Iligan, AirAsia's maiden flight was piloted by Captain Dexter Comendador, the airline's flying Chief Executive Officer while using the brand new aircraft- the Airbus A320 which arrived a day ago in the country. AirAsia flight Z2 691 left Manila's NAIA Terminal 4 at 08:00am, and safely landed in Laguindigan Airport at 09:30am with full-seated load.

The newest A320 Airbus is said to fit with wing-tip devices or sharklets that enable savings of 4% in fuel consumption that corresponds to an annual carbon reduction of around 1,000 tons per aircraft. The "sharklets" also help reducing the fuel burn and emissions by improving the aircraft's aerodynamics.

The fleet was greeted with the traditional Water Cannon Salute, and the passengers of the said flight were welcomed with the brand's freebies, and necklaces from Department of Tourism Region 10. As part of the program, passengers witnessed the traditional Higaonon dance showcasing the richness cultural tradition of the region. The program was hosted by Nicole Abas-Datayan, a local celebrity, and also led by the province's Board Member Ms Nancy Madjos representing Governor Yevgeny "Bambi" Emano, the Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Mr Ian Nacaya representing Mayor Oscar "Oca" Moreno. Joining the program were the Department of Tourism Regional Director Ms Marie Elaine SalvaƱa-Unchuan, and airport OIC Mr Wilfredo Encinas.

“AirAsia is committed to connect communities in the Philippines. Our newest routes connecting Northern Mindanao to Cebu and Iloilo in Visayas and to Manila and Clark in Luzon will provide the much-needed domestic connections as there are definitely great tourism and business potentials here. Let's paint Cagayan de Oro City skies red and make air travel more affordable, convenient and reliable.” Captain Dexter said. 

Additionally, “We are a member of the AirAsia Group, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, servicing the most extensive network of over 135 destinations across all Asean countries, Asia, India, Australia, China, Middle East, and Hawaii in the US. Our commitment is to connect the Philippines especially the underserved cities outside Metro Manila to AirAsia’s massive network via direct or seamless fly-thru service in our main hub in Kuala Lumpur which can now be accessed from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu or Manila,” Comendador said. “With the new flights to Cagayan de Oro, we are re-affirming our slogan, ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’.”

The launching of the newest flights was ended with the traditional cake slicing, and giving away of additional free roundtrip tickets from different routesto Cagayan de Oro was given to 4 attendees via raffle draw. I was fortunate enough to receive one of the roundtrip prizes. Meanwhile,  
- Cagayan de Oro to Cebu, vv: Mr Ryan of Magic 89.3 FM Station
- Cagayan de Oro to Manila, vv: Ms Evelyn Geverola of Apple Tree Resort and Hotel
- Cagayan de Oro to Clark, vv: Mr Clement Dampal II (That's me)
- Cagayan de Oro to Iloilo, vv: Carol Valdez of Sea Hotel- Cagayan de Oro


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The domestic network expansion will have 2 flights for Cagayan de Oro to Manila route, and 1 flight for Cagayan de Oro to Cebu route on daily basis. Additionally, the Cagayan de Oro to Clark route operates 4 times in a week, while the Cagayan de Oro to Iloilo route will have the T, Th, S schedules.

For more info on AirAsia Philippines flights and promos, visit their FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/airasiaph/ or their official website at https://www.airasia.com/


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