Figures from the Japan National Tourism
Organization (JNTO) show that the Philippines is one of its
fastest growing source of foreign visitor arrivals.
Philippine visitor arrivals to Japan grew by
129.5% in April 2014, compared to March 2014, and in May, Philippine visitor arrivals grew by
For the month of April, visitors from the
Philippines grew the most, topping even China. This was a month
after Cebu Pacific launched direct daily services to Tokyo
(Narita) and four weekly services to Nagoya. Cebu Pacific also
operates daily services to Osaka.
is aiming to increase the number of foreign
visitors to 20 million in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"With Cebu Pacific's new Japan destinations and
trademark low fares, those who have always been interested in
traveling to Japan now find themselves able to do so. This amazing
growth in Filipino tourist arrivals to Japan is what we call the
Cebu Pacific effect. We hope we can continue stimulating
traffic not just to Japan, but to the Philippines as well," said
Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Cebu Pacific flew over 45,800 passengers to and from
Japan for the months of April and May 2014, considered the
Philippines' summer and Japan's spring months. This translated to
a growth of over 480%, compared to the same period last year.
Lowest year-round fares to Osaka start at P3,999.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific fares to Nagoya and Tokyo start at P5,499.
Aside from Tokyo,
Nagoya and Osaka, Cebu Pacific offers flights to 23 other
international destinations, namely Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei,
Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon
(Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Macau,
Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Xiamen.
It also operates an extensive network in the Philippines
with destinations such as Boracay, Palawan and Coron.
Cebu Pacific's 50-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319,
28 Airbus A320, 4 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Between 2014 and
2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 11 more
brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 2 Airbus A330
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