Cebu Pacific has unveiled plans to launch direct
flights between Cebu and Shanghai, China.
The airline will operate six flights per
week, Monday to Saturday, beginning 15 April 2019.
"We want to improve the depth of our
international connections from other hubs in the Philippines,"
said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution
of Cebu Pacific. "Shanghai is improving international tourist
experience, and by connecting our Cebu hub to Shanghai in China,
we offer travelers from Cebu and areas in the Visayas and Mindanao
a compelling option to access another top vacation destination."
Shanghai received 8.94 million inbound tourists
in 2018, according to data from the Shanghai Administration of
Culture and Tourism.
The carrier had earlier stated it would ramp-up
capacity in its Cebu hub by as much as 20% in 2019. Aside from
Shanghai, Cebu Pacific flies direct between Cebu, Hong Kong and
Macau in China; as well as Narita, Japan; Incheon, Korea and
"Direct flights from Shanghai to Cebu will also
make it easier for Chinese tourists to access one of the best
islands in the world. Cebu has over 100 islands within the
province alone with a wide array of beach resorts, water sports
and marine life to appreciate and enjoy. As the beach hub of Cebu
Pacific, Cebu also serves as a strategic jump-off point to enjoy
more of the Philippinesówith direct connections to Siargao,
Camiguin, Puerto Princesa and 19 other domestic destinations,"
added Candice Iyog.
The Department of Tourism reported that Central
Visayasówhich includes prime tourist destinations such as Cebu,
Bohol, Dumaguete and Siquijor, welcome over eight million tourists
in 2018, of which 17% were Chinese.
Cebu Pacific operates flights out of seven other
hubs in Philippines: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) and Davao.
2018, CEB flew 20.3 million passengers on over 2,130 weekly
flights across 37 domestic and 26 international destinations.