CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) recently launched twice weekly non-stop flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, making CEB the first Philippine carrier to land in Doha.
“We look forward to offering Cebu Pacific’s trademark low fares to travelers in Doha, especially since we are the only low-cost carrier operating this route,” said Alex Reyes, general manager for the airline’s long-haul division .
CEB is the only Philippine carrier flying between these two cities. The lowest year-round fares between Manila and Doha start at P9,488, which is approximately 60 percent lower than other airlines.
“With our expanding network, Qatar becomes more accessible from the Philippines, and the Filipino community can reunite with their families more often,” Reyes said.
The non-stop service departs Manila every Monday and Thursday at 9:35 p.m., arriving in Doha at 2:45 a.m. the next day. The return flight departs Doha every Tuesday and Friday at 4:15 a.m., arriving in Manila at 6:35 p.m.
This new route utilizes CEB’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. Hot meals, seats with extra legroom and Wi-Fi onboard, among others, are options that can be added to the fare.
CEB also offers fast and convenient same-terminal connecting flights for guests taking advantage of CEB’s extensive Philippine network.
According to Wilfredo Santos, the Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, Cebu Pacific’s presence in Qatar will not only benefit the more than 200,000 Filipinos, but also both Qataris and the country’s flourishing expat population who will now be more enticed to visit the Philippines with its affordable rates.
Last May 31, the governments of the Philippines and Qatar signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Air Services increasing the maximum number of flights for each country from eight flights per week to 14, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla announced last week.
“The parties also agreed on unlimited flights between Doha and other airports in the Philippines except Manila. Previously, the entitlements outside Manila were 14 per week to Clark and 14 per week to Cebu,” he added.
Qatar Airways currently operates eight times per week to Manila and seven times a week to Clark. Cebu Pacific will start operations between Manila and Doha on June 5, 2015.
There are about 250,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar.
Qatar has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East. CEB already serves the other two key markets for Global Filipinos: United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh. CEB is also the only airline flying direct between Manila and Kuwait.