By Marjaleen Ramos
Local airline Cebu Pacific announced Monday it will reduce its year-round low fares across over 70 domestic destinations in support of the government’s initiatives to promote domestic tourism amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
“We are one with the government and fellow tourism stakeholders during this challenging time. Through this increase in the supply of seats and fare reductions across our domestic route network, we hope to encourage Philippine residents to travel and explore the country,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience of Cebu Pacific in a statement Wednesday.
The airline said it will sell tickets for as low as P88 as base fare for domestic flights originating from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan), Davao, Iloilo, and Zamboanga.
Seats were also increased across flights from Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Iloilo and Bacolod; as well as between Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, and Iloilo.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has been coordinating with airlines, hotels, resorts, and other tourism stakeholders to come up with measures to “arrest and to cushion” the slowdown in tourist arrivals due to the risks of COVID-19.
Reduced fares and additional capacity will be made available across all booking channels of Cebu Pacific, including partner travel agencies, its website, or through its mobile application.