Philippine Airlines has launched a new direct service from Cebu to Singapore today (December 16), providing customers with an alternate route to the Lion City that doesn’t require transiting in Manila.

The new flight operates four times weekly, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while the return leg flies on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The route adds to Philippine Airlines’ existing four daily flights from Manila to Singapore.

“The Cebu hub allows passengers from other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao to hop to the Queen City of the South and fly direct to Singapore without having to fly to Manila,” said the airline’s president and COO, Jaime J Bautista. “Passengers will also get to experience our trademark service with the Heart of the Filipino, on top of the modern amenities of our 199-seater A321s.”

Philippine Airlines’ new route also provides travellers from Singapore with a route to international destinations including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Incheon via Cebu.

Meanwhile, the carrier has also launched a daily service between Cebu and Caticlan today. Caticlan acts as the main airport for the country’s renowned resort destination, Boracay Island.

Details for the new Cebu-Singapore service are as follows (all times local):

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
PR517 Cebu Singapore 2200 0145+1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
PR518 Singapore Cebu 0245 0640 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat