Cebu Pacific sent off its inaugural flight from Manila to Fukuoka today.
This marks the beginning of the airline’s thrice weekly service to its fourth destination in Japan.
Aside from Fukuoka, Cebu Pacific operates direct flights from Manila to Osaka, Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya, and from Cebu to Tokyo (Narita).
Japan is one of CEB’s most popular international destinations from the Philippines. Latest data from the Japan National Tourism Organization show that Filipino tourist arrivals in Japan surged by 44% to more than 211,000 from January to October 2015, compared to the same period last year.
Meanwhile, for the first nine months of this year, Japan ranked 3rd when it comes to the Philippines’ foreign tourist arrival sources. The new direct route opens up the Philippines to more Japanese travelers, who can utilize Cebu Pacific’s extensive Philippine network to explore various island destinations via Manila.
The Manila-Fukuoka service is operated every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing Manila at 2:15PM and arriving in Fukuoka at 6:55PM. The return flight departs Fukuoka at 8:00PM and arrives in Manila at 10:40PM.
These flights utilize Cebu Pacific’s brand-new Airbus A320 fleet, with 180 all-economy class seats.
Cebu Pacific further contributed to the national tourism agenda, as it launched direct flights between Cebu and Taipei, Taiwan, as well as between Davao and Singapore today, December 17, 2015.
“The launches of three international routes from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao underscore Cebu Pacific’s commitment to provide more travel opportunities, and make the Philippines and the world easily accessible to everyJuan,” said Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.