AviationThe airline’s expanded routes aim to target more business and leisure travellers to Davao.

Cebu Pacific's new routes enable Philippine-Singapore bleisure trips

The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board has identified Davao as a key bleisure destination.
The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board has identified Davao as a key bleisure destination. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Joshua

Cebu Pacific has increased its focus on routes connecting the Philippines and Singapore, with its most recent addition being a new service from Clark International Airport to Singapore’s Changi Airport, bringing the total number of routes to four.

The airline has also increased frequency on its Singapore-Davao route, which serves the Davao Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, to four flights a week. Davao is renowned for its eco-tourism, beach, diving and island-hopping leisure activities but it is also a key industrial and agricultural trade zone in the southern Philippines.

Business links between the two economies are also driving demand. Singapore is the Philippines’ largest Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) investor and in the top five foreign investors overall.

Roxanne Gochuico, corporate social responsibility specialist marketing and customer experience, said: “We are developing routes from Davao because we are optimistic that aside from leisure there are business travelers who are keen to explore commercial opportunites between Davao and Singapore.”

The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board has identified Davao City and its surrounding region as one of the country’s key “bleisure” destinations, offering a combination of business and leisure pursuits.

Cebu Pacific also has a three-a-day service between Singapore and Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), the country’s main entry point.

The fourth route is from Cebu Pacific’s ‘hometown’ of Cebu in the Visayan region, which like Davao has strong “bleisure” credentials, this route is daily from Mactan Cebu International Airport (CEB).

Singapore is also the number one travel destination for Filipino outbound travellers, fuelled not only by business and general leisure travel but also by friends-and-family visits to the city’s large Filipino community.

According to the Philippine embassy in Singapore, there are an estimated 200,000 Filipinos living in Singapore, making it one of the largest foreign communities in the Lion City. The two ASEAN partners recently agreed to increase the quota of Filipino workers in Singapore by 10,000, with half of these new workers allocated to the aviation sector.

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