SEPANG – KL International Airport (KLIA) yesterday welcomes Zest Airways, a Philippine-based airline into its family, taking the total number of airlines operating at KLIA to 59.

The inclusion of Zest Airways further multiplies Kuala Lumpur connections to Manila. KLIA now offers 40 flights weekly to Manila, with Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express also offering flights to Manila. This will directly benefit the passengers in terms of more choices and flying options to fly between Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Flight Z2 948 from Manila arrived at 6.05pm with 120 passengers on board the inaugural flight, including Mr Arturo Alejandrino, Head for External Affairs and Member of the Board of Directors Zest Air; Mr Butch Rodriguez, Senior Vice-President for Commercial Zest Air; Mr Roland Nunez, Vice President for Network Planning Zest Air and Ms. Helen Gan, Vice President for Sales Zest Air.

Dato’ Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager, Operations Services of Malaysia Airports, accompanied by His Excellency J. Eduardo Malaya, Ambassador of Philippine to Malaysia and Datin Melissa Ong, Philippine Tourism Representative greeted and presented souvenirs to the arriving passengers.

Zest Airways flies four times weekly to Kuala Lumpur, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, utilizing Airbus 320. The flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Dato’ Azmi Murad said, “Malaysia Airports would like to express our appreciation to Zest Airways’ for including KLIA in its network. We are confident that Zest Airways will experience a successful operation to Kuala Lumpur due to the great travel demand between Malaysia and Philippines. Malaysia Airports would also like to thank the Government for its great support, which has enabled us to attract another new airline to fly to KLIA.”

Zest Airways Inc. is a new name in the airline and aviation industry airline. It operates scheduled domestic and international services, mainly linking Manila with several domestic destinations and international points in Asia via its hubs which included in Clark, Kalibo and Cebu.  Its main base of operations is at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or Terminal 4 in Pasay City, Manila.