July 11, 2011
The airline is scheduled to fly the route from kalibo to Taipei, Taiwan, and Chengdu, China once every 5 days.
Zest Air already flies direct to Seoul, Busan, and Shanghai out of its Kalibo hub. It recently add Shanghai and Seoul from its Cebu hub two days ago.
ZestAir chief operating officer Alfredo Yao said the expansion is part of the airline's 10 billion fleet expansion plan this year design to increase capacity and enable it to carry three million passengers this year from last year's figure which was recorded at 1.23 million.
According to ZestAir, it will eventually add frequency to the route after receiving more aircraft on order from European manufacturer Airbus.
The airline expects to have three (2) more A320s before the end of the year, with one arriving in August and another one in November. It recently received a new frame early this month increasing its Airbus fleet to eight which is now being used for China and Taiwan flight.
ZestAir plans to end 2011 with 10 Airbuses in its fleet and with projected revenues of P6 billion. By 2012, the airline plans to add another four aircraft to its fleet, and intends to have as much as 25 Airbus 320 planes by 2015.
Other airlines with international flights out of Kalibo International Airport, either in charter or regular flights, are Philippine Airlines to China and Korea, China Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, and Spirit of Manila for Taiwan, and Shanghai Airlines for Shanghai.