Cebu Pacific (CEB), the country’s low-fare pioneer, will open three times weekly A319 flights to Dipolog City, starting July 13, 2006, for a special introductory fare of only 688 pesos one-way. The Manila-Dipolog service departs Manila every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 11:45am arriving in Dipolog at 1pm and leaves Dipolog at 1:30pm to arrive back in Manila at 2:45pm.
Lance Gokongwei, CEB president and CEO, said the Manila-Dipolog service reinforces the airlines’ commitment to strengthen local tourism in the country.
“Dipolog is known for numerous tourist spots like Dakak Beach and Dapitan Bay as well as its sardine industry. It also showcases year-round festivities and presents itself as one of the major trade hubs in Mindanao. And with the recent success of its Biyahe Na Zamboanga Peninsula regional showcase and the Hudyaka Festival, we believe that the ‘Orchid City’ of the Philippines can become a major gateway for tourism and business in Mindanao,” said Gokongwei.
CEB will introduce its Manila-Dipolog (v.v.) service with an introductory Seat Sale of only 688 pesos one-way, almost 77% less than the current airfare to Dipolog. The sale runs from June 15 to 22 only for travel from July 13 to October 19, 2006. After the Seat Sale, the year-round ‘Go’ fares to Dipolog start at only 868 pesos one-way, still more than 70% less than the current airfare. The ‘Go’ fares are exclusive of regular surcharges and government tax.
“In line with our vision to make air travel an option for more Filipinos, we are bringing our trademark low fares and brand new Airbus A319 service to Dipolog. We hope that CEB’s entry to this market will once again bring down airfares to Dipolog and stimulate travel to this vibrant city because we really believe it’s time everyone flies,” he added.
“For best availability of our lowest fares, I suggest for everyone to plan their travel ahead of time and book online (cebupacificair.com,)” he emphasized.
The Dipolog service is CEB’s 2nd new domestic destination launched this year, the first being the Laoag service which opened last June 8, 2006. This service is part of the airline’s expansion program as their new Airbus fleet continues to arrive. At present, CEB operates 8 brand new Airbus aircraft for its domestic and regional flights.
This new service brings the number of domestic destinations CEB services to 18. The airline also flies to Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea. Now in its 11th year, CEB pioneered low fares in the country in March 1996. It also introduced travelers to on-time service, e-ticketing, and on-line booking, setting the standards for airline innovation in the local aviation industry.