MANILA, Philippines?Budget flights between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam were launched last week, and Cebu Pacific shall operate the Manila-Brunei flights every Tuesday and Saturday and Brunei-Manila flights every Wednesday and Sunday.
According to the airline's press statement, the lowest year-round Go-Lite fare for this route is B$86 (about P2,800), while those with check-in luggage adding B$3 (about P99) upon booking.
In a news release, the Philippine embassy in Brunei Darussalam said that Cebu Pacific made its inaugural flight from Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan and back.
A send-off ceremony was earlier held in Manila where the flight departed for Brunei Darussalam at 11:45 p.m. on August 21, and landed at Brunei International Airport at 1:25 a.m., the following day.
Among the passengers on board the maiden voyage were Cebu Pacific Air officials led by Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Alabanza-Iyog, Vice President for Airport Services Antonio Jose Rodriguez, and former Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam General (retired) Alexander B. Yano.
On hand to receive the passengers at Gate 7 of the Brunei International Airport were Brunei government officials led by Brunei Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed and Brunei's Director of Civil Aviation Awang Omarali bin Haji Mohammed, as well as embassy officials led by Chargé d' Affaires, a.i Celeste Vinzon Balatbat, Cebu Pacific Air officials, and members of the Filipino community.
In her welcome remarks, Balatbat noted that the inaugural flight was a result of joint efforts by the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam governments to provide consumers with a wider range of choices for air services.
She added that the airline's operations in Brunei Darussalam offered a win-win situation for both countries: facilitating trade, travel, investment, tourism, and trade flows between the two countries, while also offering travellers "flight options that suit their budget and schedule preferences."
A similar send-off ceremony was held for departing passengers on board the Bander Seri Begawan-Manila leg of the maiden flight.
A total of 140 passengers departed Bandar Seri Begawan at 2:35 a.m. on August 22, marking the inaugural flight to Manila after a warm send-off by Brunei and Philippine government officials. The plane arrived at 4:25 a.m. in Manila.
Brunei Darussalam is Cebu Pacific?s 15th international destination.
Cebu Pacific is Asia's third largest low-cost carrier and flies to 33 destinations in the Philippines and 15 international destinations.