The Department of Tourism (DOT) and  Philippine Airlines (PSE: PAL) launched new direct flights between Cebu and Singapore this December. Read on to learn more about it.

3 Fast Facts On PAL's Cebu & Singapore Direct Flights:


1. The new route through PAL is DOT's thrust to develop and utilize secondary gateways in the country.

The first flight, PAL PR 518 came from Changi International Airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) at 2:45 am, Dec. 17.  Most of the passengers on board were Filipinos coming home to the Philippines for the holiday season.

“The lifeblood of Philippine tourism is connectivity. We are an archipelago and most of the tourists can reach us only by air,” Philippine Star reported DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said. “That is why I consider initiatives like this as critical to the continuing development of our tourism market. We are opening more gateways and with it, wider access for visitors,” Teo said.

2. The new flights will promote Cebu as a tourist destination. 

Secretary Teo said that the new flights will uplift Cebu as a tourist destination and international gateway in the Visayas region. On the other hand, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales is positive that the new flights will attract Singaporeans to visit the Philippines.

READ: 3 Fast Facts About Cebu Pacific's New Flight Routes To Visayas

3. The Singapore to Cebu flights are available four times a week.

The Singapore to Cebu flights are available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Moreover, Cebu to Singapore flights are on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The new flights bring a total of 31 flights for MCIA.

Travelers can start to book Singapore to Cebu discounted roundtrip airfare at  $130 (P6,490.90) plus $68 (P3,395.24) travel tax until the end of December. The travel schedule for the discounted bookings is until the middle of March 2017.

DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo, PAL President and chief operating officer (CEO) Jaime Bautista, PAL Senior Vice President (SVP ) for Airline Operations Nicky Gozon, PAL Area Head for Visayas Sales Reyani Romano, PAL SVP for Philippine sales Harry Inoferio, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) chief executive advisor Andrew Harrison, Captain Dodgie Monteza and First Officer Stephen Toring were present in the launching ceremony.

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