Toneam Outoftown Blog Center (Outoftownblog.com) – AirAsia Philippines is officially bringing its brand of inclusive and achievable flying to Dumaguete City, the City of Gentleness! A successful maiden flight on April 8 kicked off the airline’s 15th domestic destination.
The inaugural flight, Z2 641, took off from NAIA Terminal 4 at 7:00am and arrived at Dumaguete-Sibran Airport at 8:25am, carrying 180 passengers, including AirAsia CEO Ricky Isla, airasia Ray Berja, Managing Director of Super App, Capt. Donaldo Mendoza, Deputy Administrator, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Deputy Secretary Woodrow Maquiling Jr., representing Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, and Philippine Retirement Administration (PRA) General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Bienvenido Chy and members of the media.
Guests on Z2 flight 641 were greeted on the tarmac with colorful cultural dances and Talihi ceremonies. Negros Eastern Governor Roel Degamo, Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remolo and Sibran Mayor Jose Abira also led other local officials and stakeholders to welcome the guests .
Its flight back to Manila, Z2 642, departed Dumaguete Airport at 9:05AM and arrived at NAIA T4 at 10:25AM.
Initially, AirAsia flew to Dumaguete four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
AirAsia CEO Ricky Ella Said: “We are delighted to have successfully launched our maiden flight in Dumaguete. With AirAsia now entering Dumaguete airspace, we hope to bring tourists into the city and the entire province of Negros Oriental, to moderate The city is positioned as a gateway to the region. We believe this expansion will also help spur growth in commerce and other sectors such as ICT and trade.”
“It’s been almost two years! The pandemic may have slowed the opening of this route, but as All-Stars we have this never-ending attitude. People are changing the game by providing valuable flight options and other services that our Super App will provide.”
CAAP Deputy Director General Captain Donaldo Mendoza (CAAP) Deputy Director General Captain Donaldo Mendoza He said: “The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the entire aviation sector will continue to fully support the aviation industry and its efforts to foster an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can experience the so-called Comfortable and convenient life. May more opportunities bloom across the country, dahil Hindi lamang ito para sa AirAsia kung Hindi para sa Pilipino. Let AirAsia fly from Manila to Dumaguete!”
Deputy Secretary Woodrow Marchlin Jr. He said: “It goes without saying that the lifeblood of the Philippine tourism industry is access and connectivity. As a tourist and traveller who can only reach our archipelago by air (and sea), such an expansionary move is crucial as we pursue for the Philippines A “safe, fun and competitive travel destination” and delivers on a full promise. The travel experience is richer, deeper, more authentic, more competitive and ultimately more Filipino.”
To celebrate AirAsia’s successful launch at Negros Oriental, a music festival was held at Pantawan on Rizal Boulevard. Performances by award-winning singer and songwriter KZ Tandingan and other top artists Jimmy Marquez and Leah Patricio serenade Dumaguetenos. Indigenous music artists from Dumaguete joined them for a jaw-dropping performance.
The event culminated in a grand fireworks display, showing the victories and colors of victory over the challenges posed by the epidemic.
The City of Moderation attracts both local and foreign tourists because of its easy access to other major cities in the Central Visayas such as Cebu, and the fact that nearby cities have world-class beaches and diving spots. Dumaguete is also becoming an information and communication technology (ICT) hub, with many business process outsourcing (BPO) companies investing in the city.
But not just tourism and business, Dumaguete has also become a retirement haven. In fact, the city has been named a “Top Retirement-Friendly Retirement Area (RADAR)” by the DOT and PRA.
The city only accepts local and foreign tourists with a vaccination card as an entry requirement. To date, 10,475 tourists have visited the province, according to Dumaguete Tourism. Before the pandemic, a total of 848,670 tourists visited the gentle city.
The world’s best low-cost airline also reminded its passengers, especially those returning to Dumaguete and Negros Oriental on Election Day, that Fly Home Vote – P268 (one-way) is still available until April 10 base fare) and return for free. Guests using this promotion can choose to use their free return ticket until September 30, 2022.
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