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The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), announces direct service between Manila and Melbourne, Australia starting August 14, 2018 with a seat sale from until March 3, 2018.
The special promo fare for the Melbourne launch is AED 155, valid for travel from August 14 to October 31, 2018. After the seat sale, year-round low fares between Manila and Melbourne start as low as AED 675, about 50% to 60% lower than prevailing fares of other airlines.

UAE residents, including over 900,000 Filipino expats, can avail of the year-round low fares and fly from Dubai to Melbourne via Manila.

Candice Iyog, Vice-President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific, said: “We invite the Filipino expats, as well as other UAE-based residents, who seek travel and adventure to avail of this offer. The launch of our Melbourne flights will strengthen our network in support of our goal to establish seamless connections from the Gulf region to Asia Pacific. This route will also open doors for those Filipinos and UAE residents who want to connect with and experience Australia by flying via Manila at our guaranteed lowest fares.”

“This new route will also allow more Filipinos to visit their families and friends living in the Melbourne area more often, as well as encourage more Australian tourists to spend their holidays in the Philippines,” Iyog added.

“More importantly, we hope to strengthen trade between the Philippines and Australia through more cargo capacity on direct flights that are more affordable. This will benefit importers and exporters, as well as retailers bringing products to and from both countries,” she said.

This is CEB’s second destination in Australia following the launch of its direct Manila-Sydney route in 2014. Since its entry, tourist arrivals from the Philippines has become one of the fastest-growing source markets for Australia, with an average 16% increase over the past four years. Prior to the entry of Cebu Pacific, tourist arrivals from the Philippines was at about 70,000. Since 2014, that number has steadily climbed to over 120,000.

“The opening of the Manila-Melbourne route 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,” said Amanda Gorely, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Philippines.

CEB will fly three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) between Manila and Melbourne with the following schedule:

ETD (local time)

ETA (local time)

Manila-Melbourne

5J 049

T/TH/Sat

605am

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5J 050

T/TH/Sat

505pm

1115pm

CEB is the only Low-Cost Carrier flying directly between the Philippines and Australia.

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