MANILA – PINOYS, IT’S TIME to make that Australia dream trip a reality. Better yet, book your flights to Melbourne now from as low as P2,199 before the seats run out.
Cebu Pacific announced today they are opening a direct flight from Manila to Melbourne starting August 18, 2018. This announcement comes with a seat sale: from only P2,199, you can book your tickets from February 27 until March 3, 2018 valid for travel from August 14 to October 31, 2018.
We all have the reasons to rejoice as this route allows Philippine residents to visit and explore Melbourne, which is touted by The Economist as the world’s most livable city for seven years in a row now. Melbourne got a near-perfect 97.5/100 livability rating, beating Vienna, Austria. Ranking behind Melbourne and Vienna are the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. How’s that?
If in case you miss scoring tickets during the seat sale, worry not for year-round fares at Cebu Pacific start from as low as PHP9,539, which is still 50 percent to 60 percent cheaper than other airlines’ prevailing fare price.
This is not a one-way thing though. Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s Vice-President for Marketing and Distribution said they share the same excitement of the Filipino community in Melbourne, and Australian travelers who want to experience the Philippines. “This news will give travelers from Australia seamless connections to other destinations in the Philippines at year-round low fares. This will enable Filipinos living in the Melbourne area to visit their families more often, and encourage more Australian tourists to spend their holidays in the Philippines.”
What more, this route is good for the economy as well. This will help strengthen trade between the Philippines and Australia through more cargo capacity on direct flights that are more affordable, benefiting importers and exporters, as well as retailers bringing products in both countries, Iyog said.
This route is the airlines’ second destination in Australia. In 2014, Cebu Pacific launched its direct Manila-Sydney route paving a way to an average of 16 percent increase on tourist arrivals in Australia over the past four years. Tourist arrivals from the Philippines has steadily climbed to over 120,000 this year from only 70,000 in 2014, according to Cebu Pacific.
Amanda Gorely, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Philippines said this development is a testament to growing trade and people-to-people links. “Melbourne is a great city to explore and increased flights will also bring more Australian tourists to the Philippines. This will also be welcome news to a quarter of a million Filipinos who now call Australia home, and the more than 10,000 students who travel there each year.
Cebu Pacific will fly three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) between Manila and Melbourne. Check out cebupacificair.com for more details. More about Melbourne in a separate post.