Largest Philippine carrier announces first route to Australia • Airline to greatly expand travel options to Philippine city and beach destinations
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, JUNE 18 – Cebu Pacific Air today announces it will introduce non-stop flights from Sydney to Manila this September, marking the entry of the Philippines’ largest airline into Australia.
The inaugural flight will take place on Tuesday 9 September, with flights scheduled to operate four-times weekly between Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila Terminal 3). The flights will utilise brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats.
Alex Reyes, General Manager, Long-Haul Division for Cebu Pacific Air says: “We are very excited to launch this route, and boost travel to and from Australia with our low fares. Filipino expats can visit family and friends more often. Australians looking for superb beach destinations now have more options that rival Bali and Phuket. The inbound market for Filipino tourists visiting Australia also has great potential.”
Reyes continues: “The number of Australian leisure travellers heading to the Philippines has more than doubled in the past nine years, with a 25% growth in just the last two years. There has also been huge growth in the number of Filipinos travelling from Australia to visit friends and family and for business. We expect this to expand greatly, as we will be the only low-cost carrier offering this route.”
To mark the new Sydney-Manila service, Cebu Pacific offers AUD99 all-inclusive seats until June 19, 2014 or until seats last, for travel from September 9 to December 31, 2014. After the seat sale, the lowest year-round all-inclusive fares from Sydney to Manila start at AUD335.
Cebu Pacific is the largest Philippine LCC, offering flights to 34 domestic destinations and 26 destinations outside of the Philippines. This includes other long-haul destinations Dubai and Kuwait. The airline is also the largest Philippine carrier with a 50% domestic passenger market share and 48% domestic cargo market share.
The introduction of the new service will provide travellers from Australia with seamless onward connections to destinations in the Philippines. Customers will be able to connect without changing terminals at Manila airport, providing numerous options for adventurous or relaxing holidays.
“Cebu Pacific has the best connections to onward destinations in the Philippines; from world-renowned Boracay Island to thrilling surf breaks in Siargao. Other locations we believe will be very popular with Aussie travellers are Cebu, with its beautiful beaches, and Palawan, which offers world-class dive experiences,” Reyes adds.
CAPA analysis shows connections between Australia and the Philippines are currently underserviced, with just 3,500 weekly one-way seats between the two countries. This compares with other popular tourism destinations in Asia, such as Indonesia and Thailand, where there are approximately 36,000 and 22,000 weekly one-way seats respectively.
As an LCC, the airline looks to keep fares low, making it the reason “Why every Juan flies.” Bookings are taken via the website, and web check-in is available 48 hours before flights depart. Hot meals, baggage allowance, seat selection and CEB Air Wi-Fi connectivity may also be purchased for long-haul flights.
The new flights will run every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, departing Sydney at 1135 and arriving into Manila at 1730. Flights from Manila to Sydney will take place on the same days, departing Manila at 0015 and arriving into Sydney at 1005.
For more information or to book flights, please visit: www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can also be found on the airline’s official Facebook (Cebu Pacific Air page) and Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) accounts.