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AirAsia Announces New Direct Flights to Manila From Bali, Jakarta

BY :TABITA DIELA

OCTOBER 26, 2017

Jakarta. AirAsia, Southeast Asia's largest budget airline, announced new direct flights to Manila in the Philippines from the Indonesian island of Bali and its capital Jakarta in a statement released on Thursday (26/10).

AirAsia Philippines will start operating the new routes from Jakarta to Manila on Jan. 9 and from Bali to Manila on Jan. 19 under the flight code "Z2" using a narrow-body Airbus A320-200 with a capacity of 180 passengers.

"We've always believed in the market potential of Asean, so we're more than excited to connect more destinations in the region," Dendy Kurniawan, AirAsia's chief executive for Indonesia, said.

Daily flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) will depart at 8.00 a.m. and arrive at 11.00 a.m. The return flight from CGK to MNL will depart at 11.30 a.m. and arrive at 4.45 p.m.

Daily flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Bali, will depart at 6.40 p.m. and arrive at 10.55 p.m. The return flight from DPS to MNL will depart at 11.20 p.m. and arrive at 3.25 a.m.

"Manila is a major tourist and business destination in Asean. Connecting the most densely populated city in the Philippines with Jakarta and Bali [...] should also bring in more tourists to our country," Dendy said.

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