Effective today, Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines' leading airline to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), launches its Manila-Osaka service at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
CEB president and CEO Lance Y. Gokongwei leads the inaugural flight send-off, together with Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Makoto Kansuro and Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph "Ace" Durano.
"We are confident that the launch of our Japan operations will increase the accessibility between Japan and the Philippines. Osaka is our first destination in Japan and we believe that our trademark low fares can stimulate tourism to both countries," Gokongwei said.
The inclusion of Osaka in our international route network makes us the only low cost carrier in the ASEAN region to serve the major North Asia markets of Japan, China, and South Korea, Gokongwei added.
He said, "Our new service can also help open avenues for more business collaborations as well as trade and investment opportunities."
The thrice weekly service, using the 179-seater Airbus A320 aircraft, departs from Manila every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1:40 pm and arrives in Kansai International Airport at 6:35 pm.
The return flight takes off from Osaka at 7:20 pm and arrives in Manila at 10:15 pm.
"There are many Filipino communities in Japan and our new service will definitely allow them to come home more frequently, or, perhaps, their families can visit them instead," Gokongwei explained.
CEB's lowest year-round fare for the Manila-Osaka service starts from P3,999 one-way, 40 percent lower than the current fares offered by other airlines for this route.