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AirAsia Philippines is set to expand its operations in Zamboanga City next month with the launch of its cargo services and the addition of new frequencies to the so-called Latin City of Asia, according to a report by BusinessMirror.
AirAsia Philippines will start its daily cargo operations in Zamboanga City in June, after it successfully deployed the necessary equipment in a warehouse.
The company said this will “allow AirAsia to fly more than 200 tons of both passengers and commercial cargo per month – an auspicious development for partner enterprises set to increase their shipments between Zamboanga and Manila.”
It is also expanding its flight operations in Zamboanga City, turning its twice-weekly flights into daily flights starting June.
“Zamboanga City is the gateway to the entire peninsula, making it a critical and strategic hub for any transport business. We hope that with the increased flight frequency and expanded cargo operations, we can continue to aid in the growth of the city’s tourism and trade industries,” AirAsia Philippines Spokesperson and Head of Communications and Public Affairs Steve Dailisan said. Zamboanga City is the center of economic activity in the Mindanao region and is also known as a tourist destination, owing to its Latin-influenced culture.
“We are confident that Zamboanga City, through the Zamboanga City International Airport, is poised to be a key economic driver for the region as the country gears for post-pandemic recovery,” Dailisan added.
In February, AirAsia said travel demand will pick up after it recorded an increase in forward bookings.
“Travel is set to rebound this year and we are in full throttle to maintain the momentum. We are opening local and international routes to cater to the rising demand for travel as more countries relax border protocols. AirAsia Philippines will continue to champion inclusive and safe travelling as we work together with national and local agencies on tourism recovery in the post-pandemic era,” Dailisan said.