Cebu Pacific Air Manila to Melbourne
Melbourne welcomed its latest carrier on 14 August, with Cebu Pacific Air introducing a three times weekly service from Manila. Cutting the celebratory route launch cake are: Rick Howell, Chief Operations Adviser, Cebu Pacific Air; Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Australia; Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at the Philippine Department of Tourism-Australia and New Zealand; and Simon Gandy, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport.
- Cebu Pacific Air launched its first flights to Melbourne (MEL) on 14 August, with the introduction of a new three times weekly connection from Manila (MNL). It will operate the 6,309-kilometre sector with its A330-300s and faces direct competition from Philippine Airlines which already offers five weekly flights on the airport pair. “The Melbourne – Manila route is an important one as it supports not only tourism but also connections between family and friends living in both cities,” commented Simon Gandy, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport. “Cebu Pacific Air understands the potential in the Melbourne market, which is why it is using its largest aircraft type to service the route, creating an increase of approximately 50% in additional cargo capacity between Melbourne and Manila. The route also opens up opportunities for importers and exporters to transport cargo through the airline’s substantial network into North Asia, including 58 services per week to Greater China via Manila.” Rick Howell, Chief Operations Adviser at Cebu Pacific, added: “Our three times weekly direct service between Melbourne and Manila is a wonderful opportunity to live up to the Cebu Pacific mission of bringing people together through safe, affordable, reliable and fun-filled air travel. Melbourne is our second destination in Australia, and we look forward to growing here as we’ve done and continue to do since we first started direct flights to Australia in 2014.” See how Melbourne Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.