AirAsia Zest now offers 3X weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu from Cebu City

AirAsia Zest, the Filipino Low Cost Carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for five consecutive years, today started its 3X/weekly flights from Mactan Cebu International Airport to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

AirAsia Zest Christmas Seat Sale
AirAsia Zest Christmas Seat Sale

To celebrate the inaugural flight, AirAsia Zest is offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as Ph760, one way, which is available online starting today until 29th December 2013 at, for the travel period from 20th December 2013 to 28th February 2014.

Philippines AirAsia CEO, Maan Hontiveros said, “AirAsia Zest’s commitment in partnering with AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier, is to build a truly great value airline that will serve the needs of Filipino travellers and overseas workers. With the new Cebu to Kota Kinabalu flights, air transport connectivity between the Queen City of the South and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and other parts of the region where many Filipinos are experiencing poor connectivity and high fares will greatly improve.”

Hontiveros who represented AirAsia Zest executive vice president and chief operating officer Joy Caneba at the inaugural ceremony held in Kota Kinabalu also lauded Sabah Tourism Board led by its Chairman Yang Berhormat Datuk Joniston Bangkuai for their full support and aggressive campaign to bring more Malaysian tourist to visit Cebu, Manila and other parts of the country.

AirAsia Berhad CEO, Aireen Omar said, “This is another marvellous achievement and a great development for East Malaysia, following the recent celebration of the inaugural flight from Manila to Miri on 7 December, the first ever route operated by any airline in the region. We are proud with AirAsia Zest– our sister airline–for narrowing the gap between Malaysia and the Philippines, enhancing bilateral ties between the two nations and establishing a closer relationship between both communities.”

AirAsia Zest operates flights between Cebu and Kota Kinabalu using the Airbus A320, also operated by all airlines in the AirAsia Group and notable for its durability, efficiency, safety and comfort for guests.

Kota Kinabalu, is the capital of the Sabah state in Malaysia. A delightful coastal city that is rich with history and tradition beckons local and international travellers to explore and discover its gorgeous rainforests, natural ecosystem, beautiful reefs and diverse culture. Climbing enthusiasts from across the globe flock over to its most famous landmark, Mount Kinabalu which stands majestically at 4095 metres above sea level. For more info visit:

Cebu visitors meanwhile will be delighted to know that this city is known for its pristine beaches, shopping districts and top notch resorts. As one of the most highly developed cities in the Philippines, the Queen City of the South is also a hub of education, trade, business process outsourcing, commerce, and industry aside from Metro Manila. Recent earthquake did not daze Cebu as local and foreign tourists continue to flock this place with various attractions such as heritage walk, food and music festivals, fiestas and unforgettable nightlife.

Cebu (CEB) to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) flight schedule:


Flight Num





Z2 0191



Tue, Thurs, Sat


Z2 0192



Tue, Thurs, Sat

About AirAsia Zest:

AirAsia Zest is a low cost carrier based in the Philippines. It serves domestic destinations of Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines with international points in Asia including China and South Korea from its hub in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila. The Filipino LCC recently expanded its domestic operations out of Cebu to include Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Puerto Princesa in Palawan. New international routes are Cebu to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and from Manila to Macau and Miri, Malaysia.

Philippines AirAsia (PAA) holds 49 per cent stake in AirAsia Zest after a signing an agreement with Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, prominent businessman and owner of Zest Airways Inc., in March 2013. AirAsia Zest currently operates a fleet of 13 aircraft. PAA, meawhile, is a joint venture amongst Antonio O. Cojuangco, Michael L. Romero, Marianne Hontiveros, and AirAsia Investment Ltd.

About the AirAsia Group

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 12 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 220 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 160. The airline today is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries as well as China, India and Australia. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for five consecutive years from 2009 – 2013.

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