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Super-low fares launch Cebu Pacific Manila-Melbourne

March 2, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Manila to Melbourne for 54 Australian dollars? That’s the fare Philippines low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will use to launch non-stop service between the two cities, starting 14 August 2018.

The promotional fare is astonishingly low. Choose the wrong pub in Australia and you can spend that on a round of drinks. The low fare will spearhead a seat sale from 27 February until 3 March 2018.

The new service is great news for Australian tourism to the Philippines, a highly appealing destination with much untapped tourism potential.

The special promo fare for the Melbourne launch is PHP 2199 (about AUD 54), valid for travel from 14 August to 31 October 2018. After the seat sale, year-round low fares between Manila and Melbourne start from PHP 9539 (about USD 237), which the airline says is about 50% to 60% lower than prevailing fares of other airlines.

“We share the excitement of the Filipino community in Melbourne and Australian travellers who want to experience the Philippines,” Cebu Pacific’s vice-president for marketing and distribution, Candice Iyog, declared.

“The launch of our service between Melbourne and Manila will give travellers from Australia seamless connections to other destinations in the Philippines at year-round low fares. This will enable Filipinos living in the Melbourne area to visit their families more often, and encourage more Australian tourists to spend their holidays in the Philippines.

“More importantly, we hope to strengthen trade between the Philippines and Australia through more cargo capacity on direct flights that are more affordable. This will benefit importers and exporters, as well as retailers bringing products in both countries.”

This is Cebu Pacific’s second destination in Australia following the launch of its direct Manila-Sydney route in 2014. Since its entry, tourist arrivals from the Philippines has become one of the fastest-growing source markets for Australia, with an average 16% increase over the past four years.

Before the entry of Cebu Pacific, tourist arrivals from the Philippines was at about 70,000. Since 2014, that number has steadily climbed to over 120,000.

“The opening of the Manila-Melbourne route is a testament to growing trade and people-to-people links,” said Amanda Gorely, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Philippines.

“Melbourne is a great city to explore and increased flights will also bring more Australian tourists to the Philippines. This will also be welcome news to a quarter of a million Filipinos who now call Australia home, and the more than 10,000 students who travel there each year.”

Cebu Pacific will fly three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) between Manila and Melbourne with the following schedule:

ETD (local time) ETA (local time)
Manila-Melbourne 5J 049 T/TH/Sat 605am 350pm
Melbourne-Manila 5J 050 T/TH/Sat 505pm 1115pm

Cebu Pacific’s network now spans over 106 routes on 37 domestic and 26 international destinations. Cebu Pacific is expecting delivery of the first of its brand new Airbus A321CEO aircraft in the next few weeks. Between 2018 and 2022, the airline expects delivery of six additional Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and eight ATR 72-600.

Edited by Peter Needham

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