By: Ma. Cristina Arayata
MANILA — AirAsia Philippines has just announced it would launch daily flights between Manila and Osaka, Japan starting July 1.
“This will be our first operation to Japan. We chose Osaka to give flyers the option to connect to AirAsia X which offers flights between Japan and Honolulu,” AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Saturday.
Comendador added that the airline is still working on getting slots and permits so it could offer services to other Japanese destinations.
The carrier is offering a promotional fare until April 7, for travel period from July to October. The Manila-Osaka promotional fare starts at PHP1,990.
“There are no winter schedule available yet,” he added.
Meanwhile, AirAsia Philippines currently offers flights between Manila and 13 international destinations: Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, Bali, Seoul, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Ho Chi Minh City.
The launching of services to Osaka would help contribute to the government’s 8.2 million target visitors for this year, the carrier said. (PNA)