The newest route is Cebu Pacific’s effort to fly more Japanese tourists into the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific will fly 4 times a week to Japan via a brand new Airbus A320 aircraft.
“With this direct access to Cebu, we hope more Japanese tourists will visit the Philippines, just in time for Visit the Philippines Year 2015,” Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said.
Iyog added that tourists could use Cebu as a jump off point to other beach, diving, and surfing spots such as Bohol, Boracay, Camiguin, Palawan, and Siargao.
The new route is also set to make travel to Japan convenient, especially those coming from the Visayas and Mindanao.
“We are launching direct Cebu-Tokyo flights just in time for the cherry blossom season in Japan. We hope more Filipinos can plan their trips ahead and experience this wonderful destination,” Iyog added.
In March this year, Cebu Pacific launched direct flights to Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya in Japan via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. The airline also flies to Osaka from Manila.
To date, Cebu Pacific flies to 25 international and domestic destinations from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Following that launch, the Japan National Tourism Organization said the Philippines is one of its fastest growing source of foreign visitor arrivals.
Foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines went up by 3.27% to 3.27 million from January to August this year compared to 3.18 million in the same period last year, data from the Department of Tourism showed.
The Aquino administration aims to lure 10 million foreign tourists into the country by 2016. – Rappler.com