THE Philippine travel trade welcomes LCC Cebu Pacific (CEB)’s inaugural flights to the under-served Guam-Manila route, saying this will make travel between the two destinations more affordable and accessible.
CEB will offer four weekly flights to Guam, its first US destination, beginning March 15. CEB president and CEO Lance Gokongwei said the inaugural fare of 2,500 pesos (US$53) is 83 per cent lower than other airlines’.
“Fares this low can only mean more tourists to both countries, more Filipinos visiting home, and more opportunities for everyone,” Gokongwei said.
Ritchie Tuano, general manager, AsiaReps Travel, said air fares from Guam to anywhere are very expensive. There is a sizeable market in the American territory as nearly 30 per cent of Guam’s population are Filipinos, Tuano added.
Arjun Shroff, managing director, Shroff International Travel Care, said that as the first LCC to fly to Guam, CEB will make trips to Guam more affordable apart from the destination being a gateway to the US.
Bernadette Y de Leon, general manager, Amiable Intertours, said: “Guam will be more saleable and people will not have second thoughts anymore about going to Guam.”
For Filipino travellers, there will be another Philippine airline to choose from apart from the Philippine Airlines. “It will be a good start flying with your LCC at minimal cost. That means they can go and see Guam anytime,” and tourists from Guam can also be encouraged to visit the Philippines, she said.