Local Low-Cost Airline Now Flies Direct to Melbourne

It just launched its maiden flight this morning.

(SPOT.ph) Melbourne, Australia's second busiest city, is a hodgepodge of culinary wonders, thriving arts spots, and quirky thrift stores. Getting there can be a bit tricky, especially with the long-haul flights, layovers that extend the travel time, and not to mention, expensive airfares. Cebu Pacific, one of the Philippines' low-cost airlines, tries to make traveling to this city easier and more accessible by launching an eight-hour direct flight from Manila to Melbourne on August 14.

Port Campbell in Victoria, Australia Shutterstock, courtesy of Cebu Pacific
Yarra River in Melbourne Shutterstock, courtesy of Cebu Pacific
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The maiden flight departed from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 6:05 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time) and is expected to arrive today at the Tullamarine Airport at 3:50 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Cebu Pacific flies to Melbourne three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) through 5J 049; while the Melbourne-Manila route, through 5J 050, departs Australia at 5:05 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Cebu Pacific commenced its direct flight to Sydney, Australia in 2014 after acquiring the Airbus A330 fleet. It now uses the same 436-seater aircraft for its Melbourne flights.

For more information, visit Cebu Pacific's website.

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