Cebu Pacific To Offer Direct Flights from Dubai to Manila
Apr 7, 2013
Filipinos that are working and living in United Arab Emirates (UAE) would soon have a cheaper option if they wish or need to travel from Dubai to Manila or vice versa. The budget carrier of the Philippines, Cebu Pacific announced that they will soon offer affordable direct flights from Dubai to Manila, with onward connections to the Philippines.
This new offering from Cebu Pacific is set to be launched on October 7 of this year. Their company is the only Philippine-based airline to fly directly to Dubai wherein they will offer daily flights.
The General Manager of Cebu Pacific, Long Haul Division, Alex Reyes said, “CEB is proud to be the only Filipino carrier to fly direct to Dubai. We are glad to be of service to over 700,000 Global Filipinos who are in UAE.”
“Now, our kababayans in Dubai can enjoy fares that are up to 40 per cent lower than current offerings and fly direct to Manila, a mere nine hours away from their loved ones,” he added
Currently, the Gulf-based carriers dominate the flights from UAE to Manila and only one airline offers direct flight from Dubai to Manila and that is the “Emirates.”
The usual airfare for flights from UAE to Manila during the peak season in November and December can range from Dh5,000 to Dh7,000. The costly airfare prevents many OFWs from visiting their family in the Philippines.
Reyes said, “Dubai is the largest long-haul market to and from the Philippines. IATA PaxIS data indicate more than 70 per cent of passengers in this route take multiple stops, and connecting flights because no home carrier offers a non-stop service.
“With CEB’s direct service to Dubai, Filipinos overseas can look forward to going home more often. Their relatives and friends can also visit them in Dubai more often.”
For Filipinos in UAE, what can you say about this project of Cebu Pacific?