The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) will launch direct flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita) and to Nagoya on March 30, 2014. CEB will be the first Philippine low-cost carrier to offer direct flights between Manila and these two key Japanese cities.
CEB currently operates thrice weekly flights from Manila to Osaka. It is slated to more than double its flight frequency to Osaka, when it begins flying daily Manila-Osaka-Manila flights on December 20, 2013. The additional four weekly flights translate to a 133% seat capacity increase.
"With Cebu Pacific's trademark lowest fares, travelers from Japan now have Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as jump-off points when exploring the Philippines' world-renowned beach and diving destinations. This is very much in line with the government's tourism agenda, and the airline's commitment to boost Philippine tourism," said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
"With more flights to the Philippines, we believe Japan has the potential to be as big as South Korea when it comes to foreign tourist arrivals," she added.
CEB will launch daily services to Tokyo (Narita), utilizing the airline's brand-new Airbus A320 fleet. The maiden flight will depart Manila at 5:25am, arriving in Tokyo at 10:35am. The return flight departs Tokyo at 11:45am, and arrives in Manila at 3:45pm.
On the same day, CEB is set to launch its Manila-Nagoya-Manila service, with a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday frequency. Departing Manila at 3:20pm, the maiden flight will arrive in Nagoya at 8:25pm. The return flight will depart Nagoya at 9:10pm, and arrive in Manila at 12:10am the next day.
To launch CEB's newest international destinations, CEB holds an introductory P2,488 seat sale from Manila to Tokyo or Nagoya, from November 22 to 24, 2013 or until seats last. Travel period is from March 30 to September 30, 2014.
Quoted fares are exclusive of government taxes and fuel surcharges. After the seat sale, lowest year-round fares start at P5,499. CEB fares to Nagoya and Narita are up to 60% lower than other full-service airlines.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to http://www.cebupacificair.com/, or call the reservation hotlines (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB's official Twitter (@cebupacificair) and Facebook pages.
"We are proud to offer more low-fare great-value options to and from Japan, for the benefit of leisure and business travellers, as well as overseas Filipino workers based there. We continue flying to where Filipinos are," Iyog said.
Aside from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, CEB offers flights to 21 other international destinations, namely Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen. It also operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with destinations such as Boracay, Palawan and Coron.
CEB's 47-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 27 Airbus A320, 2 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 15 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 4 Airbus A330 aircraft.
About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)
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.