New route. (L-R) Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs Jorenz Tanada, CAAP Chief Finance Officer Rodante Joya, and Lapu-Lapu City Commissioner Quennie Amman officially launch the airline's Cebu-Tandag route.
The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) sent off its maiden Cebu-Tandag-Cebu flights on June 30, 2014, making the capital city of the province of Surigao del Sur more accessible to the traveling public.
"The addition of this thrice weekly Cebu-Tandag service to our network reinforces our commitment to make it easy to travel around the Philippines. Before, the closest airport with commercial flights was Butuan, which is approximately five hours away from Tandag by land. Now, Tandag is just a 65 minute flight from Cebu," said Atty. Jorenz Tanada, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs, during the flight launch event in Cebu.
Tandag in Surigao del Sur is the gateway to the Enchanted River, the Britania Group of Islands, Cagwait Beach, Tinuy-an Falls and the surfing spot of Lanuza.
Utilizing a 72-seater ATR aircraft, the maiden flight departed Cebu at 11:10am, and arrived in Tandag at 12:15pm. The return flight departed Tandag at 12:35pm, and arrived in Cebu at 1:40pm.
The maiden flight from Cebu was sent off by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Chief Finance Officer Brig. Gen. Rodante Joya, Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Visayas Regional Director Rowena Montecillo, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Engr. Nigel Paul Villarete, and Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza.
From Tandag, the maiden flight was sent off by Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel, Surigao del Sur District I Congressman Philip Pichay, Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, CAAP Chief Finance Officer Joya, and DOT Caraga Regional Director Leticia Tan.
The thrice weekly service (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) boosts CEB's Cebu hub operations with direct flights to more tourist destinations. CEB already offers direct flights from Cebu to Camiguin, Dumaguete, Siargao, Coron, Puerto Princesa, Caticlan (Boracay), Legazpi and Davao, among others.
It also adds connectivity to the Caraga region, with CEB already operating flights to Siargao, Surigao and Butuan.
The lowest year-round fares for the Cebu-Tandag route start from PHP588.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to 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.
CEB's 50-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 28 Airbus A320, 4 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 11 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 2 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.