BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is adding a new Doha flight schedule, increasing its service to the city to three times a week, the airlines said.
The only Philippine carrier flying non-stop to that flied non-stop to Doha, will be flying to the capital of Qatar on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, starting July.
The additional Saturday flights will depart from Manila at 2:45 p.m. and arrive at 7:15 p.m. in Doha. The return flight will depart from Doha at 8:55 p.m., and arrive in Manila at 11:25 a.m. the next day.
“CEB remains committed to bringing the Philippines closer to the growing Filipino community based in Qatar. We hope that with our additional frequency and lowest year-round fares, they will be encouraged to fly back home and reunite with their families and friends more often. Travelers from Qatar who wish to visit the Philippines’ many exquisite island destinations may also take advantage of CEB’s convenient, same terminal connection via Manila,” said Alex Reyes, CEB General Manager for Long Haul Division.
“In the same way, we also look forward to enabling more Filipinos to visit Doha, gateway to the Gulf countries in the Middle East. Travelers from the Philippines may book more affordable, direct flights to Doha via Cabot explore the country’s metropolitan museums, visit its sprawling architectural wonders, and take part in its rich Islamic culture,” Reyes added.
The additional flight will use the wide-bodied Airbus A330, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. Hot meals, seats with extra legroom, and onboard Wi-Fi are options that can be added to the fare.
Qatar has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East. CEB already serves the other markets: United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh.
CEB is also the only Philippine carrier with direct round trip flights to Kuwait.
CEB’s 57-strong fleet is comprised of seven Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.
Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of two more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600.
The airline offers flights to a network of more than 90 routes on 64 destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. Maria Laura Angeles