January 30, 2023

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AirAsia bullish on prospects for 2023

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Budget carrier AirAsia Philippines painted a rosy outlook for the company in 2023, as it closes 2022 on “a high note.”

AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said as of December 19, the carrier’s load factor was at 93 percent with top performing destinations Zamboanga, Puerto Princesa, and Roxas driving the trend.

Meanwhile, Bangkok topped the list of most booked international destinations with a 92 percent load factor, while Incheon comes in second with a 90 percent load factor.

Forward bookings for the month of January 2023 meanwhile have already reached 285,000 which is a 70 percent increase compared to the seats sold during the same month in 2022.

“We are seeing a robust travel demand next year, especially as travelers now become more comfortable with locking their trips ahead of time. A more relaxed protocol for international destinations has also set the pace for outbound travel which we expect  to pick up  next year as we open new exciting destinations,” Isla said.

The carrier is extending its low fare holiday deals until January 8 to encourage more guests to book their flights for travel until June 30.

In October, the airline said it aims to return to its pre-pandemic international capacity by the first half of 2023 by strengthening its ties with its host foreign destinations to spur growth in the travel and tourism sectors.

Isla said he has met with Chargé d’Affaires and Consul General of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore Emmanuel Fernandez and South Korean First Secretary and Infrastructure and Transportation Attache Yonghyun Choi to “reaffirm AirAsia’s commitment to driving larger foot traffic to these countries.”

Aside from meeting with Fernandez and Choi, Isla also met Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco “to align the airline’s growth and recovery plan with the vision of the agency for the local tourism sector.”

He said among the highlights of the discussion are the need for better regional connectivity, an expanded inter-island route network, and the promotion of lesser-known local destinations.

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