Airphil Express, the low-cost affiliate of Philippine Airlines (PAL), plans to open up new air routes and expand its current aircraft fleet of three Airbus A320s to 18 by 2012.
Its first regional destination will be Singapore, which it will serve daily from Manila on October 27, 2010, using a newly acquired 178-seater A320. A one-way fare of US$42.88 excluding taxes is available online. It will fly into Changi Airport and not the Budget Terminal.
Then, on December 1, it will add daily Cebu-Singapore flights.
Airphil Express executive vice-president and COO Cesar Chiong said Korea, Bangkok and possibly, Hongkong were on the radar screen. He added that more domestic routes such as those to Vigan in the north of the country and Marinduque in the south – both popular tourist spots – were in the pipeline.
Airphil Express was taken over by PAL owner Lucio Tan in 1999 and was tasked to run the PAL Express service whose network includes a number of “missionary routes” or unprofitable routes. In June, it ranked as the Philippines’ third largest airline, behind Cebu Pacific and PAL, after carrying 676,686 passengers.
Unlike many budget carriers, it offers 15kg free baggage allowance.
For more details, visit www.airphilexpress.com
Margie T Logarta