SINGAPORE 24 August 2017: Cebu Pacific expands its domestic route network and presence in Southeast Asia with four new routes.
The airline said the move would improve accessibility for travellers outside of Metro Manila, while increasing connectivity within the region.
Cebu Pacific announced it would start a three-weekly Kalibo-Clark flight (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) 30 October, linking Western Visayas, including Boracay Island, to tourists from North and Central Luzon, as well as foreigners via Clark International Airport.
The carrier’s subsidiary, Cebgo, will boost service in Northern Mindanao, through the Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) Airport, with new inter-island connections. Starting 20 October, Cebgo will fly from Cagayan de Oro to Boracay (Caticlan); and to Dumaguete three times a week.
On top of these new domestic routes, Cebgo will also operate its first international route out of Zamboanga with four t weekly flights (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday) to Sandakan, Malaysia starting 29 October. Cebgo is currently the only Philippine carrier with a direct service between the country and Sandakan.
Sandakan has enjoyed centuries of trade and cultural links with the southern Philippines. The flight will be welcomed by travellers who had to endure a 14-hour trip before to reach Sandakan. Now the transfer takes 40 minutes by plane.
The new Sandakan route under the Cebu Pacific network supports the drive for seamless logistics connectivity within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).*
The Department of Tourism welcomed Cebu Pacific decision to open more routes in the region according to Tourism Undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez.
To mark the start of the new domestic routes, Cebu Pacific offered cheap fares of around USD12 for the travel period 20 October to 15 March 2018.
The Cebu Pacific route network comprises of 27 international and 37 domestic destinations.
*Created in 1994, BIMP-EAGA comprises of Borneo Island –which is divided between Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia; Mindanao; and other Indonesian provinces such as Sulawesi and Maluku. It was meant to harness capabilities to turn the entire area into a thriving economic and tourism centre.