Abacus seals AirAsia Philippines content
Abacus International has signed a new deal with AirAsia Philippines, providing Abacus-connected travel agents with access to the new airline’s inventory and fares.
The new deal further boosts Abacus’ low-cost carrier (LCC) content in Asia following 27% growth in this sector in 2010. The travel technology company also partners AirAsia’s three other regional subsidiaries – Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – as well as Manila-based AirPhil Express and Cambodia’s Angkor Air, all of which are exclusive to Abacus.
“We are very excited to be able to partner with a service provider as established as Abacus. As a newcomer to the industry, we hope to be able to get word of our services out to as many potential customers as possible and we feel that Abacus can help us achieve that,” said Marianne Hontiveros, CEO of AirAsia Philippines.
“We have always enjoyed a good working relationship with AirAsia and are pleased to add AirAsia Philippines to our increasing list of LCC partners,” said Ho Hoong Mau, Abacus’ Division Head for Airline Distribution. “We look forward to boosting AirAsia Philippines’ growth throughout Asia Pacific. We believe that Abacus’ highly productive network will help AirAsia Philippines to reach its consumers effectively and allow them to tap into higher yield passenger segments.”
Based at Clark airport, just outside Manila, AirAsia commenced operations in March 2012, initially serving two domestic destinations; Davao and Kalibo. International flights are expected to follow in 2013.