CEBU PACIFIC began offering direct flights between Cebu and Macau last Friday.
In a statement over the weekend, the budget carrier said it will fly four times weekly to Macau from Cebu — on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights are scheduled to depart Cebu at 6:35 a.m. and arrive in Macau at 9:45 p.m. Returning flights leave Macau at 10:25 p.m. and land in Cebu at 1:25 a.m.
“Cebu Pacific is very proud to launch a direct Cebu-Macau flight as we expand our Cebu network to cater to a growing number of leisure travelers. We are committed to expanding our air services out of Cebu, providing Cebuanos and residents of neighboring provinces in the Visayas with more travel options,” Cebgo President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander G. Lao said in the statement.
Cebgo is the inter-island subsidiary of listed Cebu Pacific operator Cebu Air, Inc.
At present, Cebu Pacific said it handles half of the total number of seats in the flights linking the Philippines to Macau, which are distributed in its hubs in Manila, Clark and Cebu.
“As a free port, Macau serves as a gateway to China’s Pearl River Delta Metropolitan Region… A direct Cebu-Macau route will provide a logistics support to further stimulate two-way trade and investments. With the opening of the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Macau is a perfect access point for business and leisure travelers alike,” Mr. Lao was quoted as saying.
Tourists with a Philippine passport visiting Macau may apply for a Visa on Arrival to gain access to nearby cities in China. — Denise A. Valdez