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

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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