Cebu Pacific slashes domestic fares to blunt virus blow on tourism

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2020 01:07 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2020 02:15 PM

MANILA -- Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' largest airline, said it would slash fares to over 70 domestic destinations to help spur tourism.

Starting Wednesday, the Gokongwei-led carrier said base fares would be offered for as low as P88, including for travel "within the next few days."

Reduced fares will apply to flights originating from Manila, Cebu, Lguindingan in Cagayan de Oro, Dao, Iloilo and Zamboanga, Cebu Pacific said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific said it deployed larger aircraft to increase capacity by as much as 44 percent between Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Iloilo and Bacolod; and between Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and Iloilo.

"We are one with the government and fellow tourism stakeholders during this challenging time. Through this increase in the supply of seats and fare reductions across our domestic route network, we hope to encourage Philippine residents to travel and explore the country," said Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and customer experience Candice Iyog.

The government is encouraging Filipinos to visit domestic tourist spots to help cushion a the slowdown in foreign arrivals as the outbreak of a new coronavirus from China slows air travel.

The reduced fares are available on Cebu Pacific's website and mobile app.