AirAsia PH to open flights to Osaka, Busan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — AirAsia Philippines announced it will open flights to cities that, based on its survey, are the most attractive international destinations.

At present, AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said the airline flies more frequently to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Incheon in South Korea. Bali, Indonesia is another exciting part of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), he added.

"We will be also opening further distant cities, like for example, Osaka is coming in this month of November. Hopefully, we can open it by October and we might also launch very soon, aside from Incheon… we will also open Busan," Isla told CNN Philippines' The Exchange.

The AirAsia Philippines executive also noted that the fuel surcharge already went down by three, from Level 12 in August to just nine effective Sept. 1st.

"Because of that, what will happen is more Filipino tourists, more international tourists will be able to maximize (the) reduction of fuel surcharge which are added to their base fare," Isla explained.

"The average fare is still lower than the 2019 levels. Come December, there's gonna be a peak, so most likely, that's when we start implementing higher fares already but still manageable," he added.

Meanwhile, Isla said Boracay remains to be the most visited domestic destination, noting that almost 850,000 people went to the island from January to June this year and by now, it might have already surpassed the one million mark.

According to the Tourism Promotions Board, the country is targeting to have 1.7 million tourist arrivals for the year. It already hit 1.3 million as of August.

"I know it's not a lot but considering that when we opened our borders, we were welcoming around 20,000 tourists. This is a welcoming development that we're already at 1.3 million at this point in time," Tourism Promotions Board officer-in-charge Charles Aames Bautista said.