Qatar residents who want to spend their holidays in central and southern Philippines stand to benefit from Cebu Pacific’s (CEB) new routes from Clark to Caticlan and Busuanga (Palawan) starting May 15.
Caticlan is one of the two gateways to Boracay, a popular beach destination in the Philippines. Palawan is known as one of the world’s seven wonders of nature, joining Jeju Island (Korea), Halong Bay (Vietnam), Amazon (US), Iguazu Falls (Brasil), Table Mountain (South Africa), and Komodo (Indonesia).
In a press statement, CEB announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Cebgo, will be flying daily between Clark and Caticlan and three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) between Clark and Busuanga (Palawan), a popular tourist destination.
Cebgo will also start flying three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) between Cebu and Busuanga and between Cebu and Cotabato (Mindanao) four times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday).
“We believe that by opening these new routes, we are enabling more residents from Central and even North Luzon to travel to Palawan and Boracay—two of the world’s best islands, without having to make the trip to Metro Manila to catch their flights,” Alexander Lao, Cebgo President and CEO said.
He noted that the new routes aim to make inter-island travel more accessible to residents outside Metro Manila.
Cebgo currently offers flights to 27 Philippine destinations with a fleet of eight ATR 72-500 and four ATR 72-600 aircraft.
People who fly from Doha can easily take Cebgo flights to Cebu at Clark International Airport without transferring to another terminal.
CEB is launching the four flights with an introductory, all-in seat sale of P599 (around QR43) from April 6 to April 9 or until seats last. Travel period is from May 15 to November 30. He said that a direct Cebu-Busuanga route will give travellers from the Visayas ease in going to popular islands in northern Palawan such as Coron and Culion without flying to Manila. “Besides boosting domestic tourism, our new routes will also enhance trade and investment as we also make available our cargo services,” Lao added.
CEB also operates flights out of four other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Davao, Kalibo, and Iloilo. Its network covers more than 100 routes and 66 destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the US.