SilkAir Adds Third Destination in the Philippines

SilkAir, the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has announced that it will increase the number of flights it offers from Singapore to both Cebu and Davao. By the end of this month, SilkAir will now operate 12 weekly flights to Cebu and 7 weekly flights to Davao. In addition, the carrier is about to launch its third destination in the Philippines when it begins flying between Singapore and Kalibo on May 27.

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SilkAir currently flies a triangular route between Singapore, Cebu, and Davao. The airline is experiencing rising demand for the service prompting it to add more flights. Earlier this year, SilkAir revealed that it would upgrade the Cebu and Davao route from the 150 seat Airbus A320 family aircraft to the 162 seat Boeing 737-800 on May 26, 2014. The newly delivered Boeing aircraft features 150 seats in Economy and 12 seats in Business Class. The aircraft offer stronger fuel efficiency and longer range compared to their Airbus counterparts.

The first service between Singapore and Kalibo is scheduled for May 27, 2014. SilkAir will operate three weekly flights with its A320 family aircraft featuring up to 150 seats on each flight. The new flight is aimed at giving tourists travelling from Singapore better access to Boracay Island. Two of the Kalibo flights will operate via Cebu on the outbound leg, while one flight will travel via Cebu on the inbound leg. 

With the addition of the new Kalibo service, Singapore Airlines passengers will now be able to enjoy a seamless connection at Singapore Changi Airport direct to one of Asia's most popular beach holiday destinations. Passengers travelling from Kalibo will be able to connect to the more than 90 cities served from Singapore as part of the SilkAir-Singapore Airlines network.

The new service SilkAir Kalibo-Singapore service will compete with the direct flights currently offered by low cost carrier Tigerair. Launched last year, Tigerair Philippines pioneered the first direct flights between Singapore and Kalibo. However, with Cebu Pacific acquiring 100 percent of Tigerair Philippines, the route has now been taken over by Tigerair of Singapore. 

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