The country’s budget airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), expanded its inter-regional route network on Monday with the addition of two new routes that will connect the Visayas to Northern Mindanao. Cebu Pacific opened flights from Cagayan de Oro (CDO) to Bohol and Bacolod.
Here are three fast facts on Cebu Pacific's two new routes in Visayas and Mindanao:
1. Cebu Pacific flights from CDO to Tagbilaran are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Cebu Pacific will only have one schedule for this flight as scheduled. The airline said that this flight will use the airline's ATR aircraft. This aircraft is capable of seating 78 passengers.
This is the first time that an airline offered a direct flight to Bohol from Cagayan de Oro. Traveling by shipping vessel is the usual route that passengers take from the Northern Mindanao to reach the islands of Bohol. Cebu Pacific also offers the lowest all-in-one-way year-round fare offered by from Cagayan de Oro to Tagbilaran at P1,235.
2. Cebu Pacific flights from CDO to Bacolod are scheduled three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The lowest all-in-one-way year-round fare from Cagayan de Oro to Bacolod is at P1, 806. The CDO-Bacolod flight was a resumption of routes since Cebu Pacific suspended it back in 2013.
3. Cebu Pacific said that these new flights will expand tourism and transport of goods between two regions.
“We at CEB are very thrilled to begin flying to and from these destinations. We believe that these new routes will not only boost tourism but also increase trade and productivity between the Visayas and Mindanao,” Alexander Lao, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cebgo, said in a press statement. He added that the new flights add optimism for tourists and businessmen to travel and visit Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, and Tagbilaran.
Bohol is one of the prime tourists’ destinations of the Philippines. The provincial government projected an arrival of 1.7 million tourists per year in Bohol.
CEB currently operates flights out of six strategically placed hubs in the country: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo. CEB enhances inter-island connectivity within the country and across the globe with its 66 destinations with over 100 routes, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA. The airline's 59-strong fleet is comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500 aircraft and four ATR 72-600.
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