Flying with AirAsia Zest / Philippines AirAsia

Now known as Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia Zest was a budget airline or low-cost carrier that operated domestic passenger services mainly from Manila airports and Mactan-Cebu International Airport.  


Initially founded as Asian Spirit back in September 1995, it was the first airline run as a cooperative in the Philippines. In 2008, it was rebranded as Zest Air and flew under that brand until 2013 when the airline signed a share swap agreement with AirAsia Philippines and once again rebranded itself as AirAsia Zest. AirAsia Zest continued to operate as a separate brand from AirAsia until January 2016 when it merged into Philippines AirAsia. 


Philippines AirAsia has five different hubs across the Philippines – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Kalibo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao and Puerto Princesa International Airport. The airline has a fleet size of 15 Airbus A320-200 aircraft operating flights across 12 destinations.

Why Fly with Philippines AirAsia

How to Check In

For the passenger's convenience, AirAsia recommends their self-check-in options. Travellers can avoid queues at the airport by checking in through the airline's official website or their mobile app. Kiosk check-in is also available at selected airports. The Web and mobile check-in for AirAsia flights are available from 14 days up to an hour before the flight departure time. Keep in mind that some guests are not eligible for self-check-in, so it is best to check with the airline or travel agent for up to date information. Passengers with checked baggage would need to proceed to the bag drop counters.

Baggage Allowance & Fees

As a low-cost carrier, AirAsia does not offer complimentary checked baggage allowance. For a discounted rate, it is best to pre-book or pre-purchase your baggage allowance during the booking process or by managing your booking through the airline’s official website. Standard rates apply when purchasing baggage allowance at the airport. Checked baggage should not exceed the total dimension size of 319 centimetres including wheels and handles. Each bag should also not exceed the maximum weight of 32 kilogrammes. Passengers can pre-purchase baggage allowance from 15 to 40 kilogrammes for domestic flights and 20 kilogrammes to 40 kilogrammes for international flights. These can be purchased in increments of 5 kilogrammes. For flights to and from the United States, the piece system is followed, and a maximum of 2 pieces of checked baggage can be purchased at a maximum weight of 20 kilogrammes for each piece. ht.


AirAsia’s A320 aircraft offer two seating options – Hot Seats and Standard Seats. Hot Seats are located towards the front of the cabin, from rows 1 to 5, as well as at the exit rows 12 and 14. Hot Seats offer more leg room and priority boarding. Meanwhile, Standard Seats are stylish leather making for a comfortable flight during the journey.

Inflight Services

AirAsia offers hot meals onboard available for pre-purchase. For flights less than 75 minutes, only snacks will be served. Hot meals vary depending on your flight and destination. Philippines AirAsia flights currently do not offer any personal in-flight entertainment.

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