MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific will start flying to Xiamen, Fujian Province in March 2012.
In a statement, Cebu Pacific said its Manila-Xiamen-Manila flights will begin on March 23, 2012. There will be thrice weekly flights to Xiamen, located on the southeastern coast of mainland China.
With the introduction of its 18th international destination, Cebu Pacific is offering discounted fares for its Xiamen flights. Fares are only P888 for travel from March 23 to May 31, 2012. The seat sale will only be until December 23, after which regular fares will start at P2,499.
Flights are scheduled to depart Manila at 11:20 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Xiamen at 01:35am. The return flights will leave Xiamen at 2:25 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and arrive in Manila at 04:40 a.m.
“Cebu Pacific looks forward to expanding its network in China, especially with Xiamen and Fujian Province being the well-known hometown of about 85% Filipino-Chinese in the Philippines, including the Gokongweis. We hope Cebu Pacific's thrice weekly flights to Xiamen will boost trade tremendously between China and the Philippines," said Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Iyog said Cebu Pacific flew 30% more passengers to mainland China in the third quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year.
Cebu Pacific currently flies three times a week to Beijing and Guangzhou, and daily to Shanghai. Manila-Beijing flights will be four times a week starting January 7, 2012.