Cebu Pacific to mount flights from Manila to Marinduque in April

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CEBU PACIFIC announced on Wednesday it will start flights between Manila and Marinduque next month through its subsidiary Cebgo.

In a statement, the budget carrier said the Manila-Marinduque route will commence on Apr. 1. Cebgo will use its brand-new ATR aircraft for the three flights weekly, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

“It takes only about an hour to fly between Manila and Marinduque — in contrast to the eight-hour trip by ferry and land today. Regular flights will allow business to prosper and the island’s tourism sector to boom,” Cebgo President Alexander G. Lao said in the statement.

Once Marinduque operations begin, it would be the 37th domestic destination in the portfolio of Cebu Pacific.

Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco said in the statement the new route is expected to spur tourism growth in the area.

“We are optimistic that with larger aircraft and regular flights, tourists will have greater access to Marinduque and harness its potential as a world-class eco-tourism destination,” he was quoted as saying. — Denise A. Valdez