Cebu Pacific’s inaugural Manila-Guam flight arrived Tuesday, giving travelers three airlines to choose from on the route.
And with increased competition, Gov. Eddie Calvo said, Guam residents could see more affordable cost of travel, not just for vacations, but also for Guamanians to receive health-care services offered in the Philippines.
Philippines-based Cebu Pacific is scheduled to fly four flights a week between Guam and Manila.
Guam is the budget airline’s 30th international destination, and its first U.S. destination, said Candice Iyog, vice president of marketing and distribution for Cebu Pacific.
Tuesday’s welcome ceremonies for Cebu Pacific’s entry into the Guam market led some officials to reflect on Guam and the Philippines’ shared past.
Spain ruled the Philippines and Guam until the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1898.
In that treaty, which the U.S. Senate ratified by a margin of one vote, Spain sold Guam and the Philippines to the United States for $20 million, according to the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian.
“It feels like home; it feels familiar,” Iyog said of some of her first impressions of Guam.
“We have a shared culture and history … we have similarities in culture,” she said at a ceremony welcoming Cebu Pacific at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Guam terminal.
Philippine Consul General Marciano R. de Borja remarked that before airlines, Spanish galleons plied trade routes across the Pacific, including Guam and the Philippines.
Source: Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, http://www.guampdn.com/