Cebu Pacific has announced three new domestic routes connecting Clark International Airport to popular and up-and-coming tourist hotspots.
The budget airline’s chief operations officer Michael Ivan Shau said the new domestic routes will link Clark to Iloilo, Bacolod and Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
While no start date has been given for the Iloilo service, flights to Bacolod will start on August 9 and to Puerto Princesa on October 9.
“There’s still a lot of opportunity for expansion within the Philippines — inter-island connections from key cities like Clark and Cebu,” said Mr Shau.
“We believe that there is a significant untapped market in northern provinces in the Philippines. Creating direct links between domestic destinations and our other hubs will spur tourism and movement of goods and investments, while doing away with having to pass through the main hub in Manila.”
As well as Clark, Cebu Pacific also operates flights out of six hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Cebu, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
The carrier currently has 37 domestic destinations and more than 2,130 weekly flights.
It also has 26 international destinations, covering 108 routes across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and USA.
Rivals launch promos
Meanwhile, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines are both currently offering promotional fares.
Last weekend, AirAsia unveiled fares with one-way base fares as low as one peso under its Red Hot Seat Sale.
In a Facebook post, the airline said the offer will run until March 17. The travel period for the promo is from September 1, 2019, to June 2, 2020.
At the same time, Philippine Airlines announced the extension of its promotional fares for both domestic and international flights which the carrier claimed to be its “biggest” sale to date.
PAL said it would provide a million additional seats to celebrate its 78th anniversary — 78-peso base fares for domestic trips, and $78 base fares for international flights.
Initially due to end on Sunday (March 10), the booking period has been extended until next Sunday, March 17.
The flying period will run from March 16 to December 31, 2019.