Malaysia-Cebu flight inaugurated

THE Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said today that it welcomes the increased air connectivity between the Philippines and Malaysia, in light of the inaugural flight of Cebu Pacific Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur-Cebu route today at the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

“This new route will allow more Malaysians and Filipinos to travel to and discover more of each other’s countries.  For Malaysians, this will create additional opportunities to see and enjoy other areas in the Philippines, apart from Manila.

Cebu is the gateway to central and southern Philippines, including Mindanao.  This new route is expected to boost tourism and people-to-people exchanges between Filipinos and Malaysians,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya.

Cebu Pacific will hold a send-off ceremony for its maiden Kuala Lumpur-Cebu flight, with Ambassador Malaya, Malaysian Airlines Holdings Bhd Senior General Manager for Operations Dato’ Azmi Murad, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Commercial Flights Alexander Yao, other Malaysian and Philippine officials and members of the media expected to attend.

The Kuala Lumpur-Cebu route is the third of Cebu Pacific’s Malaysian routes, along with Kuala Lumpur to Manila, and Manila to Kota Kinabalu.  The airline flies from Kuala Lumpur to Manila twice daily and from Manila to Kota Kinabalu once a day.

The new route will allow Malaysians to see the historical and cultural wonders of Cebu, such as the Magellan’s Cross and the image of the Child Jesus, experience the beaches of Malapascua and Bantayan Islands and savor Cebu delicacies such as its world-famous mangoes and delectable seafood.

Cebu is the gateway to nearby provinces such as Bohol, which boasts of the Chocolate Hills, the Loboc River cruise and the popular tarsier reserve, and the highly-acclaimed beaches of Boracay, as well as attractions in Mindanao such as Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato.

The Philippine Department of Tourism recently launched the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign.  It aims to generate 10 million tourist arrivals in 2016 from around 3.5 million as of October 2012.

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