MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific on Thursday evening launched its first international flight from Iloilo International Airport to Hong Kong.
The budget airline is schedule to launch its maiden Iloilo-Singapore flight at 10:40 p.m.
Cebu Pacific is mounting twice weekly flights (Thursday, Sunday) from Iloilo to Hong Kong, and thrice weekly flights to Singapore (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
"With these new routes, Cebu Pacific affirms its commitment to provide connectivity to Iloilo and Western Visayas, by basing an aircraft here, and making Iloilo one of the airline’s operational hubs," said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Aside from Iloilo, Cebu Pacific's other operational hubs in the Philippines includeManila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo and Davao.
"Whenever Cebu Pacific opens a new route, we grow and stimulate travel with our trademark lowest fares. We believe that these new international routes will open a lot of tourism and business opportunities to and from Iloilo and its surrounding areas, and we couldn’t be prouder of our contribution to this regional growth," she said.
Last October, the Gokongwei-led airline began direct flights from Iloilo to 3 more domestic destinations: Tacloban, General Santos and Puerto Princesa. Previously, CEB only flew from Iloilo to Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
Singapore Tourism Board Area Director for Philippines and Brunei Sherina Chan said, “We hope the launch of Iloilo-Singapore-Iloilo flights will mark the beginning of a steady flow of visitors from the Western Visayas region to Singapore. They can easily discover for themselves what a great holiday destination Singapore is.”