Philippines' Cebu Pacific Air to open direct flight to Beijing

18:54, June 11, 2010      

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Filipinos planning to directly visit China's capital can soon do so via Cebu Pacific Air, Philippines' largest budget carrier, which has been given the go- signal to open direct route to Beijing.

The company, which recently became Philippines' number one airline in terms of the number of passengers carried in the first quarter, is expected to fly to Beijing from Manila starting September.

Beijing will be the third city in China that Cebu Pacific has direct flights to after Shanghai and Guangzhou. It is the airline' s 16th international destination.

Cebu Pacific will have three flights per week to Beijing which are scheduled to leave Manila at 7:35 p.m. and arrive in China's capital at 12:05 a.m.. The return flights depart Beijing at 1:00 a. m. and arrive in Manila at 5:30 a.m..

"We are excited to bring Beijing closer to every (Filipino), especially with our trademark low fares and convenient flight connections. Aside from Beijing, we also fly to Shanghai and Guangzhou in China, fully promoting trade and tourism between the two countries,"Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific's vice-president for marketing and distribution said in a statement on Friday.

The new international flight is part of Cebu Pacific's aggressive expansion plan to help the company become one of the region's top budget airlines and prepare for the implementation of an open skies regime which will bring in stiffer competition in the industry.

In the next five years, Cebu Pacific plans to spend 1.4 billion U.S. dollars for the purchase of 22 new jets that will double the size of its fleet.

Source: Xinhua

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