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Thu, 28 March 2019

Cebu Pacific to Launch Flights to Shanghai, China

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.

Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 MSN 6051 reg: RP-C3279. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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 Singapore.

"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 Philippines—with direct connections to Siargao, Camiguin, Puerto Princesa and 19 other domestic destinations," added Candice Iyog.

The Department of Tourism reported that Central Visayas—which 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.

In 2018, CEB flew 20.3 million passengers on over 2,130 weekly flights across 37 domestic and 26 international destinations.

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