CEB relaunches Manila-Laoag flight

CEB relaunches Manila-Laoag flight

May 22, 2023, 8:21 AM
Benjamin Lim

Benjamin Lim


Cebu Pacific has relaunched its flight to Ilocos region offering great values to passengers through the airline's affordable fares and stronger connecrivity to and from north Luzon.

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has resumed its Manila-Laoag daily flight on Monday six years after it stopped the operations in the Ilocos region.

CEB President and Chief Commercial Officer Xander Lao said the relaunch of flight at the Laoag International Airport (LIA) is considered the airlines’ widest domestic network and its 35th destination.

"We are excited to fly again to Laoag as we continue to grow our domestic network and provide accessible and affordable air travel to every Juan. The relaunch of this route will also strengthen Laoag's position as a leading tourism and cultural hub in north Luzon," Lao said.

Local officials included Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos and Laoag Mayor Michael Keon who welcomed the arrival of CEB flight 5J404 with around 140 passengers onboard.

Marcos and Keon lauded CEB's initiatives to boost the province's tourism industry and encourage more people to travel to Laoag and the rest of the region.

Laoag, just a one-hour flight from Manila, serves as a jump-off point to many of the province's most popular tourist destinations and attractions such as the sandboarding adventure on the LaPaz Sand Dunes, the centuries-old Spanish colonial buildings, and the sinking bell tower of the St. William's Cathedral.

CEB said travelling around the Philippines from Laoag has now become much easier, with the airline flying directly to 29 other local destinations from Ninoy Aquino International Airport including Bacolod, Boracay, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Zamboanga.

Travelers from Ilocos can now conveniently connect to 23 destinations from Manila to international destinations such as Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Narita, Singapore, Sydney, and Taipei.

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said the resumption of CEB flight had signaled

"a renewed hope for our tourism industry. We hope that more airlines will follow suit, as we continue to work together to revitalize our economy and bring back the vibrancy of Ilocos Norte's tourism sector."

Tags: #manilalaoagroute, #culturalhub, #relaunchflight, #cebupacific, #localtourism

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