Budget airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) will start flying a direct service from Manila to Kaohsiung, Taiwan on June 7, 2008 with a special introductory fare offer of P999 only. The Kaohsiung seat sale will run from February 20 to 25, 2008.
The Manila– Kaohsiung service will use CEB’s brand new 179-seater A320 aircraft and is scheduled to operate every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The flight departs from Manila at 2:50pm, and arrives in Kaohsiung International Airport at 4:35pm. The return flight leaves Kaohsiung at 5:20pm and arrives in Manila at 7:05pm.
The direct Manila to Kaohsiung service is introduced with a promotional fare offering of P999 one-way, a price reduction of almost 73% from the current fares for this route. This may be availed for travel from June 7 to August 31, 2008. Fare is exclusive of surcharges and government tax.
CEB is the only Philippine carrier operating this route. Kaohsiung is the second city CEB will operate to in Taiwan. CEB currently operates a daily service to Taipei from Manila and a thrice weekly service from Cebu to Taipei.
“We are very excited with the opening of this new international destination for CEB because we are confident that this will stimulate business activities for both the Philippines and Taiwan. Our Manila–Kaohsiung service will also provide better access to the industrial and manufacturing development zones of both countries,” Lance Gokongwei, CEB President and CEO said.
Hon. Joseph Durano, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, said, “We are glad that Cebu Pacific is opening direct flights from Manila to Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan. This new development also supports our marketing strategy for 2008 as we expand our campaign in other key cities in Taiwan tapping new and first time travelers to the Philippines. Having the direct flights to Manila from Kaohsiung will provide easy access and convenience for our Taiwanese tourists.”
After the seat sale, the lowest ‘Go’ fare to Kaohsiung starts from P1,499 one-way, which is still 61% lower than the current fares for this route. The best way to purchase tickets is through CEB airline’s website, www.cebupacificair.com.
CEB also announced today its new offering of a direct Cebu-Macau service starting April 5, 2008. The new route is likewise being announced with a promotional fare of P999 one-way, exclusive of government taxes and surcharges.
Now in its 12th year, CEB flies to 12, soon to be 15 international destinations, with the addition of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and Kaohsiung. CEB also operates flights to 21 domestic destinations with the addition of Boracay (Caticlan) beginning February 29, 2008.