Cebu Pacific starts Manila-Melbourne route by August 2018

Feb 28, 2018

by PR

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Manila, February 27, 2018 – The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), announces direct service between Manila and Melbourne, Australia starting August 14, 2018 with a seat sale from February 27 until March 3, 2018.


The special promo fare for the Melbourne launch is PHP2,199, valid for travel from August 14 to October 31, 2018. After the seat sale, year-round low fares between Manila and Melbourne start as low as PHP9,539, about 50% to 60% lower than prevailing fares of other airlines.

“We share the excitement of the Filipino community in Melbourne and Australian travelers who want to experience the Philippines. The launch of our service between Melbourne and Manila will give travelers from Australia seamless connections to other destinations in the Philippines at year-round low fares. This will enable Filipinos living in the Melbourne area to visit their families more often, and encourage more Australian tourists to spend their holidays in the Philippines,” said Candice Iyog, Vice-President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

“More importantly, we hope to strengthen trade between the Philippines and Australia through more cargo capacity on direct flights that are more affordable. This will benefit importers and exporters, as well as retailers bringing products in both countries.”

Aerial view of Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport

Aerial view of Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport


Melbourne is CEB’s second destination in Australia following the launch of its direct Manila-Sydney route in 2014. Prior to the entry of Cebu Pacific, tourist arrivals from the Philippines were about 70,000 annually.

Since CEB’s entry, tourist arrivals from the Philippines have become one of the fastest-growing source markets for Australia, with an average 16% increase over the past four years, to over 120,000.

“The opening of the Manila-Melbourne route is a testament to growing trade and people-to-people links. Melbourne is a great city to explore and increased flights will also bring more Australian tourists to the Philippines. This will also be welcome news to a quarter of a million Filipinos who now call Australia home, and the more than 10,000 students who travel there each year,” said Amanda Gorely, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Philippines.

Interior of the newly renovated Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine

Interior of the newly renovated Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine


CEB will fly three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) between Manila and Melbourne with the following schedule:



ETD (local time)

ETA (local time)


5J 049





5J 050





CEB is the only Low-Cost Carrier flying directly between the Philippines and Australia.


The Manila-Melbourne service leads CEB on another expansion path across the region, further boosting a network that now spans 106 routes on 37 domestic and 26 international destinations.

Cebu Pacific is expecting delivery of the first of its brand new Airbus A321CEO aircraft in the next few weeks. Between 2018 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of six additional Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and eight ATR 72-600.

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