Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cebu Pacific to add yet another flight to Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu: Cebu Pacific is hoping to stake a bigger claim on the travel market in this region by adding another flight to its twice-a- week Kota Kinabalu-Manila service.

Come October, Asia's third largest low-cost carrier would have an additional Wednesday flight to its regular weekly Monday and Friday flights now.

The airline has grown from strength to strength, flying a total of 21,430 passengers between the capital and Manila from August 2009 to July this year, which is a 15 per cent increase compared to flights from July 18, 2008 to July 31, 2009, which was 18,996.

Cebu Pacific had also overtaken the Philippine Airlines by 110,000 passengers in the first quarter this year, said Cebu Air Inc Corporate Communications Manager, RG T Orense, at a media briefing here, Tuesday.

Apart from the Kota Kinabalu-Manila route, which was established in July 2008, Cebu Pacific also operates a daily Airbus service from Kuala Lumpur to Manila.

They are also set to launch direct Manila-Brunei flights later this month and Manila-Beijing flights next month.

The airline flies to the most number of destinations and routes in the Philippines, to the most Asean destinations and routes from the Philippines, and is the only low-cost carrier flying to all three major North Asian countries of Japan, China and South Korea.

Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Deputy Chairman, Datuk Sari Suhut, said with Malaysia Airlines just naming Sabah as its Eastern hub, the new frequency of Cebu Pacific flights here bodes well with the rapid tourism and economic development in the State.

This would definitely promote Sabah as a holiday or business destination among Filipinos and vice versa, he said, adding he had also recently brought media representatives from the country who had wanted to cover stories on golfing facilities in Tawau, Tuaran and here.

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