Airphil Express is testing the Regional Market as it announces its first Regional flight to Singapore on October 27, 2010. It is getting its feet wet, trying to follow the success of Cebu Pacific.

The announcement was timed to take advantage of the coming Christmas season where thousands of Filipinos are expected to go back home to enjoy the holiday.

You can now book a ticket online but they only have one (1) schedule flight per day for now…

ManilaSingapore
Arrival     : MNL 04:40 PM / SIN 08:05 PM
Departure: SIN 08:55 PM / MNL 12:20 AM

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Airphil Express, the Philippines’ rapidly growing low-cost carrier is thrilled to announce direct flights from Manila to Asia’s island state – Singapore!  Mark your calendars for their first regional destination on October 27, 2010! 

Having added the Philippines’ largest hubs to its domestic network, Airphil Express now connects its passengers with one of the largest hubs of finance, culture and trade in the region.  "This is a route that will bring you to the microcosm of Asia, a place that more and more people travel to for work and play," said Airphil Express Corporate Communications Manager, Bettina de Vera.   

"Singapore is no better choice for our first regional route and outlays for us, much as the city-state itself does, a gateway into Asia. Adding Singapore to our network certainly represents a major milestone in our growth," she added.

The newly re-launched low cost carrier has rapidly expanded its service domestically with the addition of new Airbus A320 aircraft. When adding services to Singapore, Airphil Express will also celebrate the addition of yet another brand new A320 aircraft setting its sights on further expansion into the regional market.

de Vera added: "We are expanding our network regionally to offer our passengers more options at our affordable prices. That, with our customer-centric focus, will be the theme for our expansion into Asia."

Airphil Express will start selling flights for its Singapore service on August 3rd for as low as Php1,888.

Airphil Express is still the only low cost airline to provide 15kgs FREE baggage allowance.

source: airphilexpress.com

 

I can still remember when Cebu Pacific first entered the Singapore Route on August 31, 2006 (after being suspended in Nov2002-Jan2003 due to SARS). It was such a big gamble and it paid off. They also started with one flight per day and it grew to the current average of 3 flights per day.

With this announcement, there are now 4 budget airlines (Cebu Pacific Air, JetStar, Tiger Airways and AirPhil Express) flying the Singapore-Manila route. Let’s see how it is going to stack up with the competition…..



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KIAOIFZNUY5XIFURDP5XQ6DOBI Michael

    airphil ticket is expensive,better take jetstar cheaper,how to attract passenger with expesive air fare using same small aircraft A320 like jetstar,tiger

  • ilaida

    Hi! Share ko lang experience ko with Airphil Express. Bumili kaming magasawa ng 2 roundtrip tickets from Singapore to Cebu in February 2011. One set of round trip tickets for May and another for July. For my May tkts, my flight was rescheduled from 11am to 7:30pm and I did not even receive a call or email from airphil. I only found out on the actual day for the flight when I was about to leave for the airport and I checked the airport’s website kung anong terminal kami sasakay. saw na ung flight ko was moved. Great! sayang ang 1 araw ko dahil sa inyo.For my July flight, ang flight ko pabalik from Cebu to Singapore was again cancelled and I was rebooked the next day. Tawag uli ako sa airphil para magpa rebook. Sa awa ni Lord, na rebook naman ung flight ko sa araw na gusto ko (ito ay matapos makipagtalo ng 1hour sa agent nila on the phone and on overseas call) and ang bagong e-ticket ko ay pinadala by email. A few days after that, nakatanggap ng tawag ang sister ko na my flight is again cancelled. Since hindi alam ng sister ko ang full details ng bagong flight ko, she asked them to call me and gave them my Singapore number. Nobody called. The day after I reached Pinas, 4das ago, I called airphil’s reservations hotline (Joan) and was informed that my new flights are confirmed, walang bagong change. Napanatag na ang loob ko. However, today, kakatawag lang ng Airphil Express (Kevin) and he told me na ung flight ko daw was cancelled (the original flight) and that until today, hindi pa daw sila nakakatanggap ng acknowledgement galing sa akin and which day would I want to rebook the flight. I told him na na-i-rebook na ung flight 2weeks ago and that I have the new e-tickets. He asked me for the record locator. I was out at the time and nobody in their right mind would be carrying e-tickets around. I asked him to check under my surname (common sense di ba?!) which he did and found out that I have 2 confirmed flights with airphil. Then he blamed me kasi bakit daw 2 pa ung confirm flight ko. Ano ba yan Airphil? kasalanan pa pala ng pasahero kung bakit nakaka leche-leche ung system nyo. Then he asked me what to do with the other confirm flights. My goodness, kailangan pa palang i-spell out sa kanila kung ano ang dapat gawin.I was online searching for an email address kung saan pwedeng magpadala ng complaints, pero wala akong makita. Seems na hindi sila concern sa feedback ng mga pasahero nila.

  • Nil Roze

    Great entry!  Airphil ticket is really expensive. I’m impressed to know the another option is available. Thanks for allocation.