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Freeman Cebu Business

Cebu among top 5 local travel spots for Pinoys

Ehda M. Dagooc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu is among the top five favorite domestic destinations among Filipino travels in the fourth quarter 2022.

Based on AirAsia Philippines booking for the last four months of 2022, 40 percent of Filipinos are traveling to Cebu, while top of the list include Caticlan (Boracay), Tagbilaran, Bohol, Tacloban and Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Meanwhile, Filipinos traveling abroad picked Seoul, Osaka, Bangkok, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur. These are the most booked destinations for AirAsia for the “Ber” months.

The World’s Best Low-Cost Airline ended September with an average of  85% passenger load for both domestic and international travel, and increased prospective bookings for the “Ber” months, dubbed as the longest holiday celebration in the Philippines.

AirAsia projects a steady growth of flight bookings especially with more international orders now opening with eased restrictions and convenience in travel requirements.  

“The increased bookings for travels this fourth quarter 2022 to second quarter 2023 is a strong indication that the demand for travel has returned. And AirAsia is more than ready to sustain the appetite of Filipino travelers by increasing its flight frequency and opening more international destinations.  The relaxed travel protocols in various countries has also contributed to more overseas workers taking the opportunity to fly home to the Philippines to spend the holidays with their loved ones in the provinces,” noted AirAsia Philippines spokesperson and head of communication and public affairs Steve Dailisan.

AirAsia is increasing its weekly flight frequency to Caticlan (35x), Tagbilaran (21x), Puerto Princesa (28x), Cebu (42x), Bacolod (21x), Cagayan (22x), Davao (24x), Iloilo (28x), Kalibo (21x), Tacloban (35x), Zamboanga (7x), and Roxas (3x). 

 Weekly flights out of the Cebu hub meanwhile will also be ramped up with Cagayan (4x), Davao (4x), and Caticlan (7x).  Flights from Clark to Caticlan will remain at 4x weekly.

In addition, Filipinos can continue to visit international destinations -- Seoul with 7x weekly flights from Manila and 3x from Cebu; Kota Kinabalu (7x); Bangkok - via Don Mueang International Airport (7x); Denpasar (7x); Kuala Lumpur (7x); Singapore (4x); and HongKong (1x) via NAIA Terminal 3.  AirAsia Philippines is also set to reopen its Taipei, Taiwan and Osaka, Japan flights next month.

 AirAsia Philippines welcomes October with more than 2,000 seats sold during the recently held Philippine Travel Mart.

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