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AirAsia to emerge stronger from pandemic, says Fernandes

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:05 PM

'This will not go on forever. We will come out stronger,' says AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes speaks to Agence France-Presse during an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur on July 9, 2020. - AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes insisted on July 9 the top budget carrier would emerge "stronger" from the coronavirus pandemic despite a warning about its future, and said the airline was hopeful of raising massive amounts of cash. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH Malaysia-aviation-AirAsia, INTERVIEW by M. Jegathesan

AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:50 PM

AirAsia's shares crash and finish down 17.5% on Wednesday, July 8, as auditor Ernst & Young says the Malaysian airline's future is in 'significant doubt'

AIRASIA DEAL. Under the Philippine government's agreement with AirAsia, all official domestic travels of government employees will be granted discounts. File photo from AFP

AirAsia sets up special recovery flights in the Philippines

May 02, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The airline releases a schedule of flights as of May 2, 2020

AirAsia’s ground crew unloading the aircraft with boxes of essentials such as food items and Personal Protective Equipment. Photo courtesy of AirAsia

Airlines ask gov’t for lifeline as virus leads them to bankruptcy

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Facing an 'existential threat,' airlines ask the government to give them access to emergency credit lines

AirAsia's Fernandes returns as boss after Airbus probe

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun are reinstated to their executive positions following an independent review of AirAsia's aircraft procurement

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia cancel flights during 'enhanced community quarantine' in Luzon

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The country's major airlines cancel domestic and international flights ahead of the implementation of the Luzon-wide lockdown

FLIGHTS CANCELED. Passengers flock the ticketing office of Cebu Pacific to book and rebook flights at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13. Photo by Inoue Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Seat sale alert: AirAsia offers 6 million seats for P1 base fare

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The booking period runs from March 9 to 15, for travel from September 2020 to July 2021

SEAT SALE. AirAsia holds its first 'BIG sale' for the year. Photo from

AirAsia offers lower airfares to boost PH tourism

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The travel period is from February 24 to September 30, 2020

DISCOUNTED. AirAsia flies to more than 80 destinations from Manila. AirAsia file photo

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia resume flights to Taiwan after gov't lifts travel ban

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:17 AM

(UPDATED) Check the list of flights here

FLIGHTS RESUME. Flights between Manila and Taipei will now depart as scheduled after the travel ban on Taiwan was lifted. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

AirAsia's Tony Fernandes steps aside amid Airbus bribery probe

Feb 04, 2020 - 7:35 PM

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes will relinquish his post for two months, but denies any wrongdoing

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors – global industry body

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Cruise Lines International Association says its members seek to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on the evening of January 30, 2020, with more than 6,000 tourists on board. - Italy's health ministry said on January 30, 2020 that the two Chinese cruise ship passengers had tested negative for the coronavirus, meaning thousands of stranded passengers could disembark. Costa Cruises was offering to pay for food and hotels for some 1,140 people who had been due to disembark at the Civitavecchia port near Rome and the Costa Smeralda was to set sail again Friday, Italian media said. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia suspend China, Hong Kong, Macau flights

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The temporary travel ban enforced by the Philippine government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak prompts the airlines to cancel flights

Passengers, wearing protective facemasks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency after China's National Health Commission said nearly 8,000 people had been infected, and about 100 cases were reported outside China. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

From sky to land: AirAsia plane opens first restaurant in Malaysia

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:02 PM

AirAsia's new Santan and T&Co restaurant located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia serves airplane meals in-store, including their classic Nasi Lemak

AirAsia seen to tame sky-high airfares in Bacolod

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Bacolod City residents now have more reasons to smile, as AirAsia launches its 12th domestic destination there

AirAsia cancels, reschedules flights to Japan due to Typhoon Hagibis

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:04 PM

AirAsia cancels and reschedules at least 40 flights going to and from Japan

AirAsia Philippines names new chairman

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:36 PM

'We are confident that the company will continue to thrive under his leadership,' says AirAsia Group Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun as he welcomes lawyer Joseph Omar Castillo as the new Philippines AirAsia Chairman

NEW CHAIR. Joseph Omar Castillo is AirAsia Phiippines' new chairman beginning September 1, 2019. Photo from the Puyat, Jacinto, and Santos Law website

Former PLDT exec Ricky Isla is new AirAsia Philippines CEO

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Ricky Isla takes the lead as AirAsia Philippines plans to go public in 2019

Aspiring pilot? AirAsia launches cadet program

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:25 PM

AirAsia will cover training costs and subsidies for cadet pilots, with the cadets to reimburse the costs after completion of the program

AirAsia to fly Manila-Osaka route starting July 2019

Mar 31, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Budget airline AirAsia also announces a promo fare for this new route for its loyalty program members

Osaka Castle, Japan and Fort Santiago, Manila. Photos from Shutterstock

LIST: Airline seat sale in January 2019

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Here are the airlines offering cheaper fares this January 2019

REHABILITATION. Establishments found to be violating environmental laws will be shut down by the government. Photo from Shutterstock

AirAsia to launch Clark-Seoul flights

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The new route from the Clark International Airport to South Korea will begin on January 19, 2019

INTERNATIONAL. AirAsia now flies thrice a week to Taipei, Taiwan from Clark International Airport. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

AirAsia now flies from Clark to Taipei

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Taipei route from Clark is scheduled Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

INTERNATIONAL. AirAsia now flies thrice a week to Taipei, Taiwan from Clark International Airport. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

AirAsia celebrates half a billion passengers with P1-seat sale

May 19, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The booking period for the sale is from May 21 to 27, for flights between November 1, 2018 to August 13, 2019

Despite regional challenges, AirAsia pushes IPO of Philippine unit

May 17, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Tony Fernandes, chief of Southeast Asia's largest low-cost carrier, says the Philippines is the airline's 'best kept secret,' with a lot of destinations waiting to be recognized

STRONG PERFORMER. AirAsia Group head Tony Fernandes: 'The Philippines is our best kept secret and we're about to open that.' Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

After Clark, AirAsia developing hubs in Puerto Princesa, Bohol

May 06, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia's largest discount carrier plans to have 70 planes by 2032. With inadequate space in Manila, AirAsia is looking for more hubs in the countryside.

AirAsia to give discounts for gov't staff on official domestic trips

May 02, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Processing and rebooking fees will also be waived, and 20-kilogram baggage will be granted

GOVERNMENT DISCOUNTS. As of end of December 2017, a total amount of P202.8 million has been generated as sales for the government fares agreement. Considering that these airline tickets were purchased 8% to 9% less than the regular price, a savings of P19.5 million was achieved for the government as of 2017. Photo by AFP

Boracay closure to benefit Mindanao – airlines

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:59 PM

As the government rehabilitates Boracay, airlines that have canceled flights to the island are expected to entice travelers to consider other destinations, including those in Mindanao

IDYLLIC. The white sand beach of Siargao Island. Photo by Mclovin'tosh/Wikimedia Commons

AirAsia Philippines to cancel flights during 6-month Boracay closure

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The budget airline, however, will retain 4 daily flights 'to serve local residents and ensure continuity of commerce in Northern Panay island' during the period

AirAsia urges Duterte to shorten Boracay closure period

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Philippines AirAsia chief executive Dexter Comendador says they were expecting Boracay's closure for only two months, not 6, as ordered by the President

Davao chocolate boards AirAsia's in-flight meals

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:20 AM

AirAsia Philippines will carry the meal – flavored with Davao City's Malagos Chocolate – in all of its domestic and international flights beginning April 12

CHOCOLATE CHICKEN. AirAsia Philippines' roasted dalandan chicken with pimiento sauce is flavored with Davao City's Malagos Chocolate. Photo by Mick Basa

Who are the ‘digital nomads’?

Mar 12, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Want to work as you travel the world? Being a digital nomad might be for you

AirAsia launches 3 domestic flights to, from Clark

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

This is in line with the airline's commitment to make the Clark International Airport its main hub for operations

VIRAL: AirAsia tagged as 'worst' airline over baggage, PWD assistance fees

Dec 31, 2017 - 5:33 PM

Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla slams AirAsia for being the 'lousiest airline in the world'

Philippines AirAsia picks Clark airport over NAIA as its main hub

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:55 AM

With Clark International Airport fees waived and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport unable to handle expansion plans, Philippines AirAsia chooses a new hub for its operations

Philippines AirAsia flying to Bali, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh soon

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Philippines AirAsia will start flying to Ho Chi Minh on November 17 this year, and to Jakarta and Bali in January next year

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AirAsia announces seat sale, 2 new routes

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The seat sale will be from September 11 to 17 while the airline will start flying from Manila to Iloilo in October and from Davao to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in December

Police not yet giving up on finding Bohol mayor's dead body

Aug 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Boniel s body was believed to have been thrown into the sea waters between the islands of Caubian and Olango off Lapu Lapu City in Cebu after she was allegedly murdered by her husband on June 6 2017

STILL MISSING. Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel in a file photo.

VIRAL: Filipino bayanihan spirit unfolds in baggage queue

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Responding to the viral post the CEO of AirAsia says it will extend free baggage allowance of up to 40 kilograms to all AFP personnel

AirAsia jet returns to Australia after suspected bird strike

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:38 AM

The flight from Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew was diverted to Brisbane airport just north of the eastern city and landed safely

INSPECTION. This picture taken by Calvin Boon on July 4, 2017 and released to AFP shows fire rescue personnel beside the starboard engine of an AirAsia Airbus A330, after the aircraft on flight D7207 made an emergency landing at the Brisbane International Airport. Calvin Boon/AFP

AirAsia plane 'shaking like washing machine' returns to Australia

Jun 25, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experiences problems about 90 minutes into the journey

HOME BASE. This photo taken on January 10, 2015 shows AirAsia passenger planes parked on the tarmac at the low-cost carrier Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

LOOK: Puerto Princesa International Airport's new terminal

May 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED The P4 5 billion terminal has a 2 600 meter runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft

Photo from Cebu Pacific

PH AirAsia plans to go public in 2017 for fleet expansion

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The local airline wants to increase its fleet from 14 to 17 jets to accommodate new operations

GOING PUBLIC. The budget carrier is mulling to go public to raise funds for its expansion programs. File photo by Rappler

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Mar 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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From 2 jets to 70: AirAsia returns to its Clark roots

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

AirAsia flight Z2 100 arrives at Clark International Airport in Pampanga on March 28 The airline launches its expansion program from where it started half a decade ago

BACK TO ITS ROOTS. Philippines AirAsia on Monday, March 28 marks its return to Clark airport with maiden flight to Kalibo in Aklan. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Berapa gaji pilot di Indonesia?

Jan 03, 2017 - 2:34 PM

AirAsia Indonesia dilaporkan paling tinggi membayar pilotnya dengan Rp 47 5 juta

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AirAsia bans use, charging of Samsung Galaxy Note7 on all flights

Sep 12, 2016 - 10:34 AM

After several airlines ban in flight use of the device the Malaysian aviation company follows suit

GROUNDED. AirAsia adds to the list of airlines prohibiting use of the Note7 aboard the plane. Note7 photo from Samsung's official site

Malaysia-bound AirAsia X plane ends up in Melbourne

Sep 07, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Safety officials say the incident occurred March 10 of last year with air traffic controllers on alert after the plane began flying in the wrong direction

AIRASIA. An AirAsia budget airline passenger jet flies over Singapore on September 2, 2016. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS