Beat the city traffic with this new ride-sharing platform


For years, Metro Manila has been dealing with the number one problem: traffic. How many suggestions have already been brought up to find at least a good working solution? From Grab and Uber to Angkas, and now the MRT7, the available platforms and modes of transportation do not seem to remedy the situation.

Visiting foreigners who aim to travel the provincial parts of the country are advised to go directly to the islands instead of going through the city to avoid road congestion in the Metro.

Ascent brings its pioneer helicopter ride-sharing platform in the country in the pursuit to help Filipinos and tourists save time in their commute.  Travelling by air will make commuting more efficient in the traffic-congested capital and connecting major cities.

“Despite being one of the fastest growing business hubs in Southeast Asia, Manila’s traffic situation is also one of the most challenging in the region. With the launch of Ascent in the Philippines, we hope to provide a solution that is highly relevant to the current times’ economic and productivity pitfalls by congested roads,” said Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, one of the founders.

Ascent CEO Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff and Chief Commercial Officer Darren Tng

“CBDs in Metro Manila have an untapped transportation opportunity. There is a good number of helipads and helicopters with low utilization.  Through the Ascent platform, we aim to connect CBDs more easily and promote the country as an ideal destination to conduct business helped by urban air mobility,” he adds.

Unlike chartered flights, Ascent offers a more affordable amenity wherein passengers can just book per seat. This urban air service allows you to travel from Quezon City to NAIA in just 15 minutes and even include luggage transport and ground shuttle services right from your doorstep. All you need to do is book, lounge, and fly without having to worry about your precious time.

Ascent currently includes two helicopters in their fleet: the seven-seater Bell 429 and the five-seater Airbus H125.

Fly between locations such as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, central business districts in Makati, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig, Quezon City, and regional locations in Clark and Tagaytay. This will be in partnership with the INAEC Aviation Corporation as their pioneer air operators will operate their helicopter services.

To book a flight and get more information on Ascent, visit


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