Transforming Cebu: MCIA's New CEB Connect and Cebu Pacific Air's Expanded Reach

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and Cebu Pacific Air are set to revolutionize travel in the Philippines with the launch of CEB Connect and the addition of new flight routes. These initiatives mark significant advancements in Cebu's connectivity and convenience for both local and international travelers.

Streamlining Travel with CEB Connect

Aboitiz InfraCapital GMR Megaworld Cebu Airport Corporation (AGMCAC), the operator of MCIA, launched CEB Connect last June 19, 2024, a cutting-edge initiative aimed at making MCIA a premier tourism and transfer hub. The program promises to reduce transfer times, improve passenger comfort, and set a new standard for airport transfers in the Philippines.

CEB Connect's Phase 1 focuses on local destination connections, with a projected minimum transfer time of 35 minutes for domestic-to-domestic flights. Following its success, Phase 2 will launch in three months, facilitating international connections with a projected minimum transfer time of 60 minutes.

Enhancing Cebu’s Connectivity

Cebu City, a strategic center in the Philippines, is bolstered by MCIA's extensive network of 12 international destinations served by 15 foreign carriers, and 28 local destinations with 5 local carriers. This initiative enhances MCIA’s role as a vital stopover, promising a seamless travel experience.

Cebu Pacific Air's Expansion

Aligned with the launch of CEB Connect, Cebu Pacific Air is expanding its reach, offering more options for travelers. With a robust network of 26 routes averaging 665 weekly flights, the airline is introducing three new routes:

Cebu to Bangkok (Don Mueang)

   - Starts: October 2, 2024

   - Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

   - Fare: P2,199 year-round one-way base fare

Cebu to Palawan (San Vicente)

   - Starts: October 24, 2024

   - Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

   - Fare: P998 year-round one-way base fare

Cebu to Masbate

   - Starts: October 25, 2024

   - Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

   - Fare: P899 year-round one-way base fare

These additions bring Cebu Pacific Air's total routes to 29, with plans for further expansion to ensure accessibility for all travelers.

A New Era for Cebu Travel

Together, MCIA’s CEB Connect and Cebu Pacific Air’s new routes are set to significantly enhance Cebu's appeal as a key travel hub. These developments promise a faster, more convenient, and more connected travel experience, reinforcing Cebu's position as a crucial gateway in the Philippines.

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