Cebu Pacific launches direct flights to Phuket
MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific last Friday launched direct flights between Manila and Phuket, Thailand.
Phuket, Thailand's biggest island, is the Gokongwei airline's 21st international destination and its second in Thailand after Bangkok.
"We are proud to be the first airline to offer direct services between Manila and Phuket, so more travelers can visit Phuket’s world-famous beaches. Similarly, foreign tourists now have the option to add Manila to their itinerary, after they visit Phuket," said Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
The Manila-Phuket thrice weekly service will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The flight departs Manila at 8 p.m. and arrives in Phuket at 11 p.m. The return flight departs Phuket at 12 a.m. and arrives in Manila at 5:35 a.m.
The airline offers fares to Phuket starting at P3,499.
"I commend Cebu Pacific for their efforts to promote air linkage within the ASEAN region. Last year, Filipino travel to Thailand had increased by 8.25%. I do believe that Cebu Pacific has played an important part in that figure. This new route will bring even more visitors to Phuket,” said Prasas Prasasvinitchai, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand.
In the first half of the year, Cebu Pacific passengers to and from Thailand grew by 13.6%.