The Philippines' leading budget airline, Cebu Pacific Air will launch twice weekly direct flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, starting June 4, 2015.
CEB will be the only Philippine carrier flying between these two cities, serving more Global Filipinos in the Middle East.
Its introductory Manila-Doha fares start at PHP888, for sale until March 22, 2015 or until seats last. The seat sale fare, which is the cost of approximately five movie tickets, may be used for travel from June 4 to December 31, 2015.
After the seat sale, CEB's lowest year-round fares between Manila and Doha start at PHP9,488, which is approximately 60% lower than other airlines.
The non-stop service departs Manila every Monday and Thursday, at 9:35pm. It arrives in Doha at 2:45am the next day. The return flight departs Doha every Tuesday and Friday, at 4:15am, arriving in Manila at 6:35pm
This new route will utilize CEB's brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. Hot meals, seats with extra legroom and Wi-Fi onboard, among others, are options that can be added to the fare.
CEB also offers fast and convenient same-terminal connecting flights for guests taking advantage of CEB's extensive Philippine network.
"We are excited to offer Cebu Pacific's trademark low fares to travelers in Doha, especially since we are the only low-cost carrier operating this route. With our expanding network, Qatar becomes more accessible from the Philippines, and the Filipino community can reunite with their families more often," said CEB General Manager for Long-Haul Division Alex Reyes.
The route will serve over 260,000 Filipinos in Qatar, based on Philippine Overseas Employment Administration 2009 stock estimates.
Qatar has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East. CEB already serves the other two key markets for Global Filipinos: United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh. CEB is also the only airline flying direct between Manila and Kuwait.
Reyes added, "It is CEB's priority to maintain a strong presence in the region, where we are able to reach a large population of Filipino communities."
CEB operates first night flights at Laguindingan Airport
The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), is the first carrier to operate scheduled night flights at the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro, starting March 12, 2015.
CEB's flight 5J 211 arrives in Cagayan de Oro at 8:20 PM from Cebu. The return flight via 5J 212 departs Cagayan de Oro at 8:40PM, and arrives in Cebu at 9:35PM. CEB currently operates 13 daily flights to and from Cagayan de Oro via Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao.
Navigational equipment for night operations had been installed at the Laguindingan Airport in November last year. After a series of technical reviews and consultations with relevant aviation authorities, including the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Laguindingan Airport has been declared ready to accommodate night flights.
Laguindingan Airport is the main airport serving the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, as well as the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte, and the rest of the region of Northern Mindanao in the Philippines
"CEB commends the government for successfully upgrading Laguindingan to a night-rated airport. We continue to look at our options for expanding services, and we look forward to serving even more passengers to boost trade and tourism in Northern Mindanao," said Candice Iyog, CEB Vice President for Marketing and Distribution.
CEB subsidiary, Tigerair Philippines, is also set to operate night flights from Cagayan de Oro on March 29, 2015, via flight DG 7807 departing Cagayan de Oro at 10:10PM and arriving in Manila at 11:40PM. The flight from Manila via DG 7806 departs Manila at 8:00PM and arrives in Cagayan de Oro at 9:30PM.
CEB's 55-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www.cebupacificair.com or call reservation hotlines +(632)7020-888 or +(6332)230-8888. They may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store. While initially available for iOS devices, CEB is scheduled to roll out a version for Android devices soon.
The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB's official Twitter (@cebupacificair) and Facebook pages.