STARTING March 2016, local budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air will have four-times-a-week direct flights from Manila to Guam, its first destination in the United States.
Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei said in a statement the flights to Guam would further boost the firm’s network expansion plans in the Pacific.
“Having Guam in our network sets us off another expansion path across the Pacific,” Gokongwei said. “With the launch of Guam, we offer fares that are up to 83 percent lower than other airlines.”
Gokongwei said Cebu Pacific expects the lowered fare to entice more passengers to travel along the route.
“Fares this low can only mean more tourists to both countries, more Filipino visiting home, and more opportunities for everyone.” said Gokongwei.
He said the new route would also cater to Filipino communities in Guam, where 26 percent of the island’s population are Filipinos.
There are approximately 5,900 weekly seats currently available between Manila and Guam, cited the company statement.
Cebu Pacific’s entry adds 1,440 weekly seats to this pool, boosting air traffic between the two countries further.
Cebu Pacific kicked off the Guam route announcement with P2,500 all-in seats, available until November 29, 2015 or until slots run out.
These are for travel from March 15 to November 30, 2016, the company said.
After the seat sale, Cebu Pacific’s all-in fares to Guam will start from P7,197, which is still up to 40% lower than other airlines’ fares.
Cebu Pacific’s Guam route will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and will use the airline’s brand-new Airbus A320 fleet.
The Manila-Guam service will depart at 3:45 a.m. and arrive in Guam at 10:15 a.m.
The Guam-Manila flight will depart from Guam at 12:30 p.m. and arrive in Manila at 2:55 p.m.
Cebu Pacific’s network now spans 64 destinations on 98 routes, including flights to Sydney, Doha, Beijing, Tokyo, Bali and Dubai.