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DAVAO CITY –  The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB), expands its footprint at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport here with the introduction of a new route, as well as additional frequencies.

It said starting November 9, 2018, Cebu Pacific will mount daily flights between its Davao and Clark hubs, improving air connectivity between Central Luzon and Mindanao. Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 986, bound for Clark, departs Davao at 4.10 p.m. daily, and arrives at 6.05 p.m. The return flight 5J 985 departs from Clark to Davao at 1.45 p.m., with scheduled arrival at 3.40 p.m.

“Cebu Pacific has been operating flights in and out of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport since 1996. Since our maiden Davao-Manila flight, we have not only expanded operations, but consistently maintained our presence in the region. We remain committed to helping play a pivotal role in the growth of Davao,” said lawyer JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cebu Pacific.

Since 2008, the Francisco Bangoy International Airport has been serving as one of the airline’s hubs in Mindanao.

Beginning October 28, 2018, CEB will be adding flights between Davao and Cagayan de Oro (7x to 11x weekly); Iloilo (7x to 11x weekly); Dumaguete (3x-4x weekly); and Bacolod (4x to 5x weekly).  On December 01, 2018, Cebu Pacific will also be doubling its flights to and from Singapore, from twice weekly to 4-times-a-week.

“The expansion of our Davao route network will not only boost trade and tourism, but will also open opportunities for commerce, entrepreneurs and domestic investments. This in turn, will help spur economic growth and provide travelers with more route options to get to their destinations,” Mantaring said.

On top of this, CEB also opens a new route connecting Tagbilaran in Bohol and Clark. Both new routes are on an introductory sale with a base fare of P599 up to August 28, or until seats last. Travel period is from November 9, 2018 to March 30, 2019. Lowest year-round base fare for the Davao-Clark route is at P1,088, and P888 for Tagbilaran-Clark.

Aside from its Davao and Clark hubs, Cebu Pacific operates flights out of five other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro (in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental province). The carrier has maintained leadership in the domestic market with 37 destinations, 76 routes and over 2,130 weekly flights. As of end-June 2018, Cebu Pacific flew 7.6 million passengers, comprising 73% of the 10.4 million passengers flown from January to June 2018. (Mindanao Examiner)

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