CEBU TO MA­CAU:

Cebu Pa­cific, at present, is the only air­line that flies to Ma­cau from Cebu. It is also the only car­rier that flies to Ma­cau from Manila and Clark in Pam­panga

Sun.Star Cebu - - FRONT PAGE - LAUREEN YNOT / Ed­i­tor @lau­reen­jean

De­part­ment of Tourism 7 Di­rec­tor Shahli­mar Ta­mano, Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity Gen­eral Man­ager Steve Dicdi­can, Cebu Pa­cific di­rec­tor for mar­ket­ing Blessie Cruz, and GMR Me­gaw­ide Cebu Air­port Corp. head of air­line mar­ket­ing Aines Li­brodo slice a cake to cel­e­brate the launch of Cebu Pa­cific’s Cebu-Ma­cau maiden flight (in­set).

Trav­el­ers from Visayas and Min­danao now have a chance to fly di­rect to Asia’s “Las Ve­gas” with the launch­ing Fri­day, Dec. 7, of Cebu Pa­cific’s Cebu-Ma­cau maiden flight.

The new route is also ex­pected to pro­mote Cebu as a gate­way of Visayas and Min­danao, said Cebu Pa­cific drec­tor for mar­ket­ing Blessie Cruz.

“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,” Cruz said in a speech.

The first flight Fri­day -- a 180-seater Air­bus A320 -- left the Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 6:35 p.m. and it is ex­pected to ar­rive in Ma­cau at 9:45 p.m. The re­turn flight will leave Ma­cau at 10:25 p.m. and ar­rive in Cebu at 1:25 a.m. the next day.

The flight is sched­uled four times a week, every Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day, and Sun­day. Base fare for the di­rect Ma­cau-Cebu flights start as low as P2,388 or P3,151 all-in.

“A di­rect Cebu-Ma­cau route would pro­vide lo­gis­tics sup­port to fur­ther stim­u­late in­vest­ments... We ex­pect to fur­ther boost trade and tourism be­tween Cebu and Ma­cau,” said Cruz.

De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) 7 Di­rec­tor Shahli­mar Ta­mano, for his part, said the launch­ing Fri­day is “a very big step for all of us and the DOT is very happy with this de­vel­op­ment.”

He said the Cebu-Ma­cau di­rect flight of Cebu Pa­cific will not be ser­vic­ing Ma­cau alone but also Hong Kong, cit­ing the two re­gions are lo­cated from each other just about two hours and a half.

“So Ma­cau and Hong Kong are now like Bo­hol and Cebu be­cause they are con­nected by prob­a­bly the long­est bridge in the world... The Cebu Pa­cific flight will also serve Hong Kong and the greater re­gion of Ma­cau and Hong Kong,” Ta­mano said.

Cebu Pa­cific, at present, is the only air­line that flies to Ma­cau from Cebu. It is also the only car­rier that flies to Ma­cau from Manila and Clark in Pam­panga.

“The days when Ce­buanos have to fly to Manila to catch an in­ter­na­tional flight are fast be­com­ing a thing of the past. To­day, we are of­fer­ing more di­rect flight op­tions from Cebu to key des­ti­na­tions in the Asia Pa­cific Re­gion,” said Cruz.

PHO­TOS BY AL­LAN CUIZON

SUNSTAR FOTO / AL­LAN CUIZON

ASIA’S LAS VE­GAS. Guests cel­e­brate an­other di­rect flight for Cebu as low­cost car­rier Cebu Pa­cific con­nects Cebu to Ma­cau. The di­rect con­nec­tion is seen to boost trade and tourism be­tween Cebu and Ma­cau.

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