From 1 July, Philippines’ airline Cebu Pacific will fly nightly to and from Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island.
Cebu Pacific (CEB) is the first carrier to mount night flights and utilise the upgraded air traffic control system and newly-installed night navigational equipment at the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport.
The airline will be mounting two additional round-trip flights daily between Manila and Caticlan, and will be utilising the ATR aircraft through wholly owned subsidiary Cebgo.
In total, Cebu Pacific has 39 flights weekly between Manila and Caticlan; 14 between Cebu and Caticlan; and seven between Clark and Caticlan. The additional night frequencies will add 12 more flights to Caticlan to bring the total frequency to 72.
Currently, the last flight between Manila to Caticlan leaves at 3:30pm with the return flight at 5:10pm.
With CEB’s new night operations, the last flight will be leaving Manila at 6:55pm and will be returning from Caticlan at 8:45pm.
Vice President for corporate affairs of Cebu Pacific, Atty. JR Mantaring said: “We thank Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for continually leading the scale-up of our airports to night-flying capability.
“We believe that expansion of operating times will not only boost frequencies to key domestic routes, but it will also give travellers more options, greater flexibility on when they fly and also help decongest air traffic, especially during the peak flying hours at noon and early afternoon,” he said.
“The mounting of evening flights to and from Boracay was a long-standing request of tourism stakeholders. We take pride in being able to deliver this need to everyJuan. More frequency will also mean more passengers being able to take advantage of our lowest year-round fares,” added Mantaring.
For as low as Php 2,774.88 (approximately USD 55, SGD76), passengers can fly from Manila to Caticlan, while Cebu Pacific also offers daily flights from Clark to Caticlan at Php 2,365.88 (approximately USD 48, S$64) and from Cebu to Caticlan at only Php 2,217.88 (approximately USD 45, S$60).
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