V Air, the Taiwanese low-cost carrier, has launched its first flights to the Philippines.
The inaugural flight from Taipei to Manila touched down at the Philippine capital’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, marking the start of a new scheduled service operating four times a week.
Flights will now depart Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1700 and arrive in Manila at 1900. The return service then leaves at 2000 and arrives back in Taipei at 2200.
The route will be operated using either a 180-seat Airbus A320 or 194-seat A321 aircraft, both of which feature a single economy class cabin.
“As the first Taiwanese low-cost airline to tap the ever-growing Philippine market, we are looking forward to be the preferred airline of the travelling Filipino on a budget. Our operations in Manila will be significant in securing a strong foothold in the region,” said V Air’s chief commercial officer, Bernard Hsu.
Manila becomes V Air’s third destination in Southeast Asia, following Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The airline also flies to destinations in Japan and South Korea.