Cebu Pacific has unveiled plans to launch direct
flights between Manila and Melbourne, Australia starting 14 August
The airline will fly between Manila and
Melbourne three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays.
Flight 5J 049 is scheduled to depart Manila at
06:05 and land in Melbourne at 15:50. The return flight, 5J 050,
is scheduled to pull back from the gate at Melbourne at 17:05 and
land back in Manila, Philippines at 23:15.
“We share the excitement of the Filipino
community in Melbourne and Australian travelers who want to
experience the Philippines,” said Candice Iyog, Vice-President for
Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific. “The launch of our
service between Melbourne and Manila will give travelers from
Australia seamless connections to other destinations in the
Philippines at year-round low fares. This will enable Filipinos
living in the Melbourne area to visit their families more often,
and encourage more Australian tourists to spend their holidays in
the Philippines. More importantly, we hope to strengthen trade
between the Philippines and Australia through more cargo capacity
on direct flights that are more affordable. This will benefit
importers and exporters, as well as retailers bringing products in
Melbourne will be Cebu Pacific’s second
destination in Australia following the launch of direct
Manila-Sydney flights in 2014. Tourist arrivals from Philippines
have since become one of the fastest-growing source markets for
Australia, with an average 16% increase over the past four years.
Prior to the entry of Cebu Pacific, tourist arrivals from
Philippines was at about 70,000. Since 2014, that number has
steadily climbed to over 120,000.
“The opening of the Manila-Melbourne route is a
testament to growing trade and people-to-people links. Melbourne
is a great city to explore and increased flights will also bring
more Australian tourists to the Philippines. This will also be
welcome news to a quarter of a million Filipinos who now call
Australia home, and the more than 10,000 students who travel there
each year,” said Amanda Gorely, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of
Australia to Philippines.