Cebu Pacific, the nation's largest low cost carrier, has confirmed its commitment to launch flights to the United States with the official announcement that it will begin flying to Guam in March. Earlier this week, Cebu Pacific launched its first US route with all-in fares between Manila and Guam for as low as P2,500.
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The flights are expected to begin on March 15 with Cebu Pacific operating four weekly flights to Guam from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Flights will be operated by the carrier's Airbus A320 aircraft. Cebu Pacific is now the only low-cost carrier flying between Guam and the Philippines.
Flights will be operated every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each flight will depart Manila at 3:45am and arrive in Guam at 10:15am. The return trip will depart Guam at 12:30pm, and arrive back in Manila at 2:55pm.
"Having Guam in our network sets us off on another expansion path across the Pacific," said Lance Gokongwei, CEO of Cebu Pacific. "With the launch of Guam, we offer fares that are up to 83% lower than other airlines. Fares this low can only mean more tourists to both countries, more Filipinos visiting home, and more opportunities for everyone."
Cebu Pacific believes that the Manila to Guam route is currently underserved compared to other destinations with even smaller Filipino populations. At present, 26 percent of Guam's population is Filipino. Currently, United Airlines and Philippine Airlines offer 5,900 weekly seats between Manila and Guam. Cebu Pacific will add an additional 1,440.
Cebu Pacific is once again banking on its lowest fares to stimulate demand and increase traffic between the two destinations. When promo fares to Guam are not available, Cebu Pacific's year-round all-in fares to Guam will start at just P7,197, which is forty percent lower than its competitors.