Sydney Airport has welcomed Cebu Pacific Air, the newest airline which started a four-weekly service between Sydney and Manila.
Sydney is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Filipino travellers with visitor numbers up 16% over the recent 12-month period. This new service will see Filipino visitors grow further and will contribute an estimated $66 million a year to the NSW economy.
“Cebu Pacific Air is our fourth international low cost carrier and the Philippines’ largest airline, offering connections from 24 cities in 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East, providing passengers more choice when travelling to Australia,” said Sydney Airport chief Kerrie Mather in a statement.
The Philippines population reached 100 million in July this year and many of those people have friends and family living here in Sydney which is home to Australia’s largest Filipino community.
“This new service provides more choice and value for tourists and friends and family wishing to travel to Australia. The service is also good news for foreign students, with Filipino students making up the eighth largest contingent of international enrolments in vocational education in NSW,” said Mather.
“This is also a great outcome for Australians. Low cost carriers like Cebu Pacific Air are providing travellers with more destination choice and great value, and they are driving strong demand to travel,” Mather said.
Cebu Pacific Air – which will fly a brand new 436-seater A330-300 on the route – will increase to five services a week on 10 December this year ahead of the peak holiday season, amounting to an annual capacity of 226,800 seats on this route.