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Local airline adds direct flight to Singapore from Cebu

More flights for the intrepid traveler!


 

(SPOT.ph) Philippine tourism ups its game by adding international flights to and from local airports other than Manila. On December 17, 2:45 a.m., Philippine Airlines PR 518 flew for the first time from the Changi International Airport to the Mactan–Cebu International Airport.

 

“The lifeblood of Philippine tourism is connectivity. We are an archipelago and most of the tourists can reach us only by air. That is why I consider initiatives like this as critical to the continuing development of our tourism market. We are opening more gateways and with it, wider access for visitors," Tourism Sec. Wanda Corazon T. Teo said in a speech during the official launch of the new direct flight on December 16.

 

The Cebu-Singapore route of the Philippines's flagship carrier operates four times a week. PR 517 departs Cebu at 10 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; and arrives in Singapore at 1:45 a.m. the following day. PR 518 departs Singapore at 2:45 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; and arrives in Cebu at 6:40 a.m.

 

This is good news for international travelers who want to experience the beauty of the Visayan Islands without having to stop at Metro Manila. “Cebu is a premier city of the Visayas. Its continuing fame as a destination is unquestioned. We now have the chance to make this not only a main tourist attraction—but also a major hub from which travelers can hop to as many destinations in the Visayas as possible," Teo explained.

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Other airlines such as Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, and Tiger Airways have carriers that fly directly from Cebu to Singapore and vice versa.

 

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