Filipino carrier Cebu Pacific has expanded its domestic footprint through its low-cost arm Cebgo with the start of regular schedule flights between Manila and Marinduque.
The three-weekly Manila-Marinduque route will be operated using Cebgo’s fleet of brand-new ATR aircraft. Flights will start from 1 April, 2019 and be operated out of NAIA Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Terminal) in Manila.
Cebgo president and chief executive officer, Alexander Lao said: “We are excited to begin operations in one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines–Marinduque.
“It takes only about an hour to fly between Manila and Marinduque – in contrast to the eight hour trip by ferry and land today. Regular flights will allow business to prosper and the island’s tourism sector to boom.”
To travel between Manila and Marinduque, residents, tourists and entrepreneurs currently spend up to four hours by land from Manila to the Dalahican Port in Lucena, then take a three to four hour roll-on, roll-off (Roro) ferry ride to the island-province. When the sea is rough or a storm signal is raised, ferry services are grounded – sometimes for several days.
Cebu Pacific operates flights out of seven other hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) and Davao. The combined Cebu Pacific and Cebgo network covers 37 domestic and 26 international destinations and over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.