Fly Directly to Melbourne via Cebu Pacific Starting August 2018

I was actually planning to fly to Australia last year for a shoot but it did not push through because there were limited flights and the shoot was in Melbourne. But here's some good news!  The Philippines' leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, just announced the launch of their direct flight between Manila and Melbourne, Australia starting August 14, 2018 with a seat sale from February 27 until March 3, 2018. Waaaah! Read more below...

The special promo fare for the Melbourne launch is P2,199, valid for travel from August 14 to October 31, 2018. After the seat sale, year-round low fares between Manila and Melbourne start as low as PHP9,539, about 50% to 60% lower than prevailing fares of other airlines. Wow!!!

 Flinders Station

CEB will fly three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) between Manila and Melbourne with the following schedule:

ETD (local time)
ETA (local time)
5J 049
5J 050

CEB is the only Low-Cost Carrier flying directly between the Philippines and Australia.
 Cooks Cottage

“We share the excitement of the Filipino community in Melbourne and Australian travelers who want to experience the Philippines. The launch of our service between Melbourne and Manila will give travelers from Australia seamless connections to other destinations in the Philippines at year-round low fares. This will enable Filipinos living in the Melbourne area to visit their families more often, and encourage more Australian tourists to spend their holidays in the Philippines,” said Candice Iyog, Vice-President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

 Federation Square

 City Skyline

“More importantly, we hope to strengthen trade between the Philippines and Australia through more cargo capacity on direct flights that are more affordable. This will benefit importers and exporters, as well as retailers bringing products in both countries.”

 Melbourne Museum

 Royal Botanic Gardens

This is CEB’s second destination in Australia following the launch of its direct Manila-Sydney route in 2014. Since its entry, tourist arrivals from the Philippines has become one of the fastest-growing source markets for Australia, with an average 16% increase over the past four years. Prior to the entry of Cebu Pacific, tourist arrivals from the Philippines was at about 70,000. Since 2014, that number has steadily climbed to over 120,000.
 Shrine of Remembrance

 Dandenong Ranges

“The opening of the Manila-Melbourne route is a testament to growing trade and people-to-people links. Melbourne is a great city to explore and increased flights will also bring more Australian tourists to the Philippines. This will also be welcome news to a quarter of a million Filipinos who now call Australia home, and the more than 10,000 students who travel there each year,” said Amanda Gorely, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Philippines.
 Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Manila-Melbourne service leads CEB on another expansion path across the region, further boosting a network that now spans over 106 routes on 37 domestic and 26 international destinations. Cebu Pacific is expecting delivery of the first of its brand new Airbus A321CEO aircraft in the next few weeks. Between 2018 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of six additional Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and eight ATR 72-600.
 Melbourne Star 

Now, excuse me-- need to check on those flights! I really, really hope I get to see you soon Melbourne! Or Australia. Hehe. There's just so much to see and experience! :) I will come for you. I know it. :) Avail na guyz!

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