Cebu Pacific 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.
Pay for Cebu Pacific Air flights to the Philippines even without a credit card
Cash payment option now available at 20 select Al Rais and Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau branches
The Philippines' largest budget airline, Cebu Pacific Air now offers a new payment option for those in the United Arab Emirates, who are booking flights through www.cebupacificair.com but have no credit cards or choose to pay in cash.
Passengers can now visit 20 Al Rais Travel and Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and pay for their flights using cash. Both companies are the airline's General Sales Agents in the UAE.
With this new payment option, guests can now book their flights through the Cebu Pacific website, and then click the "Middle East Payment Center" tab upon reaching the payment page. They will be provided a 12-digit reference number and the total amount to be paid.
They can then visit the select Al Rais or Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau branches to make the cash payment, making sure to bring along the 12-digit reference number. Payment should be made within 24 hours. The confirmed itinerary or ticket will then be sent to the passenger's email address the next day.
"This innovation is our way of making onling booking an even more convenient option, even for those without credit cards," said Alex Reyes, CEB general manager for long-haul division. "We are continously expanding travel and payment options in the Middle East."
"We encourage travelers to book flights to any of CEB's 60 destinations through the website, especially during seat sales, for the best travel deals to the Philippines," he added.
Aside from flights, passengers can pay for other CEB travel products such as prepaid baggage allowance, sports equipment, seat selection, Travelsure Insurance and Hot Meals, among others.
Al Rais branches designated as CEB payment centers are those in: Abra, Al Khail Mall, ART Tower, Creek Branch, Dubai Shopping Center, Ghubaiba, Jebel Ali, Knowledge Village, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Guests can also pay for CEB bookings in the following Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau branches: Head Office at Al Badr Tower, ATB Holidays, ATB Hamdan, ATB Mussafah, ATB Al Ain, ATB Dubai and ATB Sharjah.
Guests may also call Al Rais Travel at +971-4-3545777 for Dubai or Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau at + 971-2-610-5211 for Abu Dhabi & Al Ain.
About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)
Cebu Air Inc. is the largest low cost carrier (LCC) 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.
CEB’s 52-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 30 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.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www.cebupacificair.com or call 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.