Cebu Pacific Air has launched its first ever flights to Australia. The Philippine low-cost carrier touched down in Sydney for the first time on 9 September 2014, marking the start of a new direct service from Manila.
CEB’s flights will initially operate four times a week, departing Manila every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 0015 and arriving in Sydney at 1005. The return flights will then leave Sydney at 1135am and arrive back into the Philippine capital 1730.
And from 10 December 2014, CEB plans to add a fifth weekly flight on the route, operating every Wednesday.
“In our short history, we have stimulated travel in Asia and in the Middle East. Eighteen years after the airline’s inception, Cebu Pacific… will land in the Australia-Oceania region and work towards doing the same,” said CEB’s president & CEO, Lance Gokongwei.
“We have long believed that the Philippines can rival the beaches of Bali and Phuket. Now, with Cebu Pacific’s launch, there is an affordable option for fun-loving Australians to discover this for themselves.”
CEB’s Sydney service will be operated using the airline’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with high-density configuration of 436 economy class seats and in-flight Wi-Fi. The airline’s fifth A330 flew to Manila on 2 September 2014, direct from the Airbus factory in France.
The Australian launch comes as CEB accelerates its long-haul expansion. Having ventured into the long-haul arena for the first time last year, with the launch of services to Dubai, September 2014 has already seen the airline commence flights to Kuwait and now Sydney.
And the growth will continue next month with the launch of flights to two Saudi Arabian cities – Riyadh on 1 October and Dammam on 4 October.