Low-cost carriers Tiger Airways and Cebu Pacific have gone on the offensive, offering seat promotions to enliven the sluggish leisure market.
Tiger Airways has put 150,000 free seats on sale until March 25, for travel between April 1 and October 24. Passengers need only pay from S$25 (US$16.54) for taxes and surcharges.
Seats are available on flights from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Malaysia, and Jakarta and Padang in Indonesia. Only Haikou in China is available for travel from May 1.
Cebu Pacific’s one-way bargain bonanza starts today, running until March 31 for travel from June 1 to December 31. Its “Go Lite” 799 peso (US$16.68) promo fare flies customers from Clark (in Pampanga) to Bangkok, Hongkong, Macau and Singapore and from Manila to Kota Kinabalu, Kaohsiung and Taipei.
Other one-way special fares include Manila to Macau and Hongkong, and Cebu to Singapore, which start from 1,299 pesos (US$27), while flights from Manila to Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Guangzhou as well as Cebu to Hongkong begin from 1,799 pesos (U$37.56).
Manila to Shanghai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur one-way sells for 2,799 pesos (US$58.44) and Manila to Osaka one-way costs 2,999 pesos (US$58). Government taxes are not included in the rates.
Margie T Logarta