Zest Air adds 4 more A320's

May 24, 2011

Zest Airways intends to double capacity this year as it set a P10-billion expansion program to add more flights to its domestic and international routes as well as introduce new ones.

In a briefing Monday, the company said it expected to more than double the number of its passenger base to 3 million from 1.23 million in 2010.

The airline would be adding two new Airbus A320 jets to its fleet by July and two more will be arriving later this year.

The added frames will be use by the airline to add flights to existing routes and to fly to new one.

Zest Air is slated to inaugurate two new flights: the Beijing-Kalibo route starting June 26 and the Cebu-Shanghai route starting July 2. It already offers 12 weekly flights between Incheon in South Korea and Kalibo, Aklan, the country’s gateway to Boracay Island.

The company also flies to Kalibo from Pusan, South Korea, and Shanghai, China. The airline also offers two weekly flights from Kalibo to Pusan and twice weekly from Cebu to Incheon.

Most of its expansion plans will be directed to China, and routes to Taipei, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are also being considered.

Zest Air has a network of 23 destinations. It flies five times daily to Cebu, and thrice daily to Davao and twice daily to Bacolod, Iloilo, Tacloban, Tagbilran and Puerto Princesa. It also has regular flights from Manila to Kalibo, Legazpi, Busuanga, Calbayog, Catarman, Kalibo, Masbate, Marinduque, San Fernando, La Union, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

Zest Airways has six (6) Airbus jets on its fleet complemented by four (4) Chinese made MA60s.

The company said that by year end Zest Air will have a working fleet of 10 Airbus 320's.

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