Davao-Singapore inaugural flight of Cebu Pacific opens
December 17, 2015 – The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) sent off its inaugural flight from Davao to Singapore today. This marks the beginning of the airline’s twice weekly service to its first international destination from Davao.
The maiden flight was sent off at the airport by Philippine Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr, Davao Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines General Manager Efren Nagrama, and CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
With the launch of the new Davao-Singapore route, even more travelers from Davao and neighboring regions can take advantage of CEB’s trademark lowest fares and convenient connectivity to explore Singapore. CEB’s current promo fare for this route go as low as P2,828 all-in, up to 66% lower than other airlines.
Conversely, Singapore ranked 6th when it comes to the Philippines’ foreign tourist arrival sources from January to September 2015. Over 136,000 Singaporean tourists went to the Philippines during this period, growing by 3.41%, compared to the same period last year.
The new direct route opens up the Philippines to more travelers from Singapore, who can utilize CEB’s extensive Philippine network to explore Davao, and various destinations via Davao.
The flight from Davao departed at 5:35pm and arrived in Singapore at 9:10pm. The return flight departed Singapore at 9:55pm and arrived in Davao at 1:40am the next day. The twice weekly service is operated every Thursday and Sunday, utilizing the airline’s brand-new Airbus A320 fleet.
CEB further contributed to the national tourism agenda, as it launched direct flights between Manila and Fukuoka, Japan, as well as between Cebu and Taipei, Taiwan on the same day.
“The launches of three international routes from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao underscore Cebu Pacific’s commitment to provide more travel opportunities, and make the Philippines and the world easily accessible to everyJuan,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
CEB’s network now spans 64 destinations on 98 routes, including flights to Guam, Dubai, Doha, Sydney, Bali, Seoul, and Beijing.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@cebupacificair) and Facebook pages.
Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.
CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 33 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330, and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 5 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.
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