The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia’s largest budget airline said it will operate direct flights to Taipei from Manila and Cebu starting next month.
Air Asia Philippines said over the weekend the daily Manila-Taipei service would begin on Nov. 21, while the three-times-weekly Cebu-Taipei service would start Nov. 25.
“In anticipation of the influx of tourists and travelers to Taipei following the recent easing of visa rules for Filipinos, we are thrilled to announce that AirAsia is launching direct flights to Taipei from our hubs in Manila and Cebu this November with promo fares now available online and through our partner travel agents nationwide,” AirAsia Philippines chief executive Dexter Comendador said.
Taiwan eased its visa rules for Filipinos, along with citizens of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and India.
The Taiwan Economic Cultural Office said in a statement passport holders from the Philippines, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam who are permanent residents of Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Schengen Agreement signatories, the United Kingdom or the United States, or hold a visa or a resident card from one of these countries that is either valid or expired within 10 years from the date of expected arrival in Taiwan, would now be eligible to apply online for a Taiwan travel authorization certificate, free of charge.
The airline is offering promotional fares from as low as P888 for Cebu-Taipei with travel period between Nov. 25, 2016 and March 25, 2017.
For Manila to Taipei, the promo fare is for as low as P1,488, with travel period from Nov. 21 to March 25, 2017. Promotional fares are up for grabs until Oct. 16.
Besides Taipei, AirAsia announced it would add a daily flight between Manila and Kuala Lumpur starting Oct. 30, on top of its current twice daily flights.
AirAsia will also increase flights between Cebu and Kuala Lumpur from three to four times weekly effective Oct. 29.
The airline currently has 13 operating aircraft servicing domestic destinations, such as Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Cebu and Tacloban. They also fly to China, Korea, Macau, Taipei and Hong Kong.