BUDGET carrier Tigerair Taiwan Co., Ltd. is set to launch its first route connecting Taipei to the Philippines on Dec. 1, the Taiwan-based airline said.
“We are happy to let everyone know in the Philippines that we will soon be serving flights from Cebu to Taipei. Tigerair Taiwan’s presence in Cebu shall give Filipinos more access to fun, affordable, and memorable flights to Taipei. We look forward to this development before the year ends,” Tigerair Taiwan Commercial Director and Spokesperson Bernard Hsu said in the statement on Friday.
The Cebu-Taipei route of Tigerair Taiwan will take off and land at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
It said the carrier will offer four flights weekly to the Philippines once it launches. Flights from Taipei will leave every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; while flights from Cebu will leave every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
“The addition of the new route to Cebu boosts Tigerair Taiwan’s network to 20 destinations, with 27 routes to and from the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Macau, and Thailand,” it added.
Tigerair Taiwan filed an application with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in July to start operations in the Philippines. According to a regulatory filing, Tigerair Taiwan is seeking to be granted a foreign air carrier’s permit to launch international flights from the country.
In 2014, Cebu Pacific operator Cebu Air, Inc. bought the company’s local unit Tigerair Philippines. A year after, Cebu Pacific rebranded the airline to become Cebgo. — Denise A. Valdez