MANILA: Sandakan is among four new routes added by Cebu Pacific in its aim at bolstering its domestic and regional connections beginning October this year.
In a statement on Wednesday, the budget carrier announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo will start its first international route out of Zamboanga City with flights 4 times a week to Sandakan.
This route, beginning October 29, will have flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
“Now, the previous 14-hour travel by sea is cut down to just a 40-minute airplane ride,” said Alexander Lao, Cebgo president and chief executive officer.
Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Art Boncato Jr also noted that the new route “would offer better service to the traveling public and open greater opportunities for trade, investment, and tourism with Western Mindanao as a growing regional gateway to the Philippines.”
The airline noted that Cebgo would be the only Philippine carrier with direct flights between the country and Sandakan.
There is an introductory sale for the flight – P1,299 (approximately RM108) per ticket until August 21 – with the promo travel period from October 29 to December 31 this year.