Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Friday pioneered direct flights between the Philippines and Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. Phuket is Cebu Pacific’s 21st international destination.
“We are proud to be the first airline to offer direct services between Manila and Phuket, so more travelers can visit Phuket’s world-famous beaches. Similarly, foreign tourists now have the option to add Manila to their itinerary, after they visit Phuket,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for Marketing and Distribution.
The official added that, “With CEB’s trademark lowest fares, this route can contribute to tourist arrivals to both Thailand and the Philippines.”
The airline’s Manila-Phuket thrice-weekly service will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The maiden flight departed Manila at 8 p.m. and arrived in Phuket at 11 p.m. The return flight departed Phuket the next day at 12 a.m. and arrived in Manila at 5:35 a.m.
In the first half of 2013, Cebu Pacific passengers to and from Thailand grew by 13.6 percent. It launched its direct twice- weekly Cebu-Bangkok flights on December 9, 2012.
In the Philippines, the airline offers the most extensive network of 34 destinations and 62 routes. Aside from Phuket, it offers 21 other international destinations, including Dubai, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul.
The carrier currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 27 Airbus A320, one Airbus A330 and eight ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 46 aircraft is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 15 more Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and five Airbus A330 aircraft.