Tony Fernandes: AirAsia PH moving to NAIA

Posted at 09/13/13 4:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsia Philippines may have suspended some of its flights from Clark International Airport, but AirAsia group chief Tony Fernandes says it's because the airline is moving its flights to Manila.

"AirAsia Phillipines is moving to Manila. More choice more value. The world's best low cost airline going to NAIA," Fernandes said on his official Twitter account (@tonyfernandes).

He acknowledged that Clark flights will be temporarily suspended but he vowed to resume them eventually.

"Clarke (sic) routes will be temporarily suspended. We will be going back to Clarke," he said.

Fernandes met President Aquino in a courtesy call early this week.

On Thursday, AirAsia Philippines chief Maan Hontiveros said the airline is temporarily suspending two domestic and two international flights from Clark, after its affiliate Zest Airways incurred heavy losses due to the suspension of its operations.

Hontiveros said the airline would suspend its Davao and Kalibo flights in October, and its Taipei flights by November.

AirAsia, which flies from Clark International Airport, has yet to decide if Hong Kong flights will be included in the temporary suspension.

The international routes will resume in time for Christmas season.

Hontiveros said Zest Air will need AirAsia's financial and staffing resources to fly Zest Air passengers who were stranded after Philippine regulators issued a surprise four-day suspension against the latter in August. - With ANC