Aviation

Three more Aussie cities “within flying range” for Cebu Pacific, says commercial chief

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

Cebu Pacific is continuing to explore expansion opportunities in Australia, with the Filipino low-cost carrier eyeing three cities in particular.

Speaking to Travel Weekly, Cebu Pacific’s vice president of commercial, Alex Reyes, said Perth, Adelaide and Gold Coast are all “within flying range” for some of the airline’s newer aircrafts like the Airbus A321neo.

“Australia is a key market for Cebu Pacific, and we continue to explore expansion in the country, especially since we have a strong track record of growing passenger traffic between the Philippines and Australia,” he said.

“However, for now, we’re focusing on continuing to strengthen our Sydney and Melbourne routes. We will make announcements on new routes and destinations in due course.”

Given rival Philippine Airlines returned to Perth in March last year with non-stop flights to Manila, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cebu Pacific decided to also head west.

The direct Sydney-to-Manila route is Cebu Pacific’s first service offered to the Australian market. It launched in September 2014 and departs five times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

After experiencing high demand for its Sydney service, the airline launched its Melbourne-to-Manila direct route in August 2018, which departs three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Reyes said that while passenger loads are healthy, the budget airline is focused on increasing its percentage of Aussie travellers versus Filipinos and helping push the Philippines out from under the shadow of Bali.

“Naturally, awareness of Cebu Pacific is strong among Filipinos or those who have Filipino affinity, and may be travelling home to visit family,” he told Travel Weekly.

“However, for native Aussies, the Philippines is an upcoming destination and one that only just beginning to be considered and explored.

“Aussie travellers have typically favoured Bali as a great-value island destination. The Philippines is not too far from Australia and offers an alternative island escape.

“Through working with the Philippine Department of Tourism, we can generate more awareness for the destination and showcase just how easy it is for Australians to visit and island-hop.

“Then, as interest grows, it will create more demand for flights and additional services.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Aussie states and territories restrict NZ arrivals after Auckland declared a Commonwealth hotspot

by Huntley Mitchell

The trans-Tasman travel plans of Kiwis have once again been thrown into disarray thanks to a concerning COVID cluster in Auckland.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA’s interim survey results reveal “distressing” statistics, says Rudd

AFTA has released interim results of its ‘Travelsectorkeeper’ survey, and they make for some pretty grim reading, according to CEO Darren Rudd.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

American Airlines confirms pilot saw UFO, says to contact the FBI

by Ali Coulton

We don’t know about you, but we see this as proof enough to start constructing tinfoil hats and heading for the hills.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Here’s how Scotland is embracing the ‘new normal’

While international travel may be at a standstill, Scottish tourism businesses have kept busy adapting services for their guests and local communities.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Abercrombie & Kent unveils remote Flinders Island adventure

The luxury travel connoisseur is bringing remote and unusual parts of Australia into the spotlight with the launch of this new active adventure off the Tasmanian coast.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“There’s a fair bit of work to still go there”: ScoMo plays down hype around ‘vaccine passports’

by Ali Coulton

When the PM talks about international travel, the whole of Australia listens. However, in this instance, you’re going to have to switch on your eyes rather than your ears.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre posts $234m loss, but grows its share in “large and important” Aussie leisure market

by Huntley Mitchell

If you ignore that big negative number in the headline, it’s all very positive news here from FCTG.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas suffers $1bn half-yearly loss, pushes back international flight plans

by Huntley Mitchell

The flying kangaroo won’t be hopping overseas as soon as originally hoped, after posting a “stark, but not surprising” loss.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Brisvegas tapped as preferred host for 2032 Olympic Games

Crack a tinnie of XXXX Gold, because it looks like the Olympics might be coming to Queensland 32 years after Sydney’s hosting efforts.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line extends US pause, as Canadian port closures spark Seabourn, Princess and HAL cancellations

Canada’s obnoxiously handsome PM, Justin Trudeau, has chucked a spanner in the works for cruise fanatics over on that side of the globe.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Intrepid co-founder backs the Pinterest of travel apps

The social media platform claims to be the first to let users share travel-specific content to create real-world itineraries.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Why your clients will be drawn to Japan’s heartland once international travel restarts

by Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

With your clients no doubt itching to get back overseas, here’s a destination that’s a realistic chance of reopening to Aussies before many others.

Share

CommentComments