Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is set to launch a twice-weekly service between its base in Manila to Doha from June 4.
Not only will this make CEB the first low-cost carrier to operate flights on this route, but it will also make it the first Philippine carrier to do so too.
“With our expanding network, Qatar becomes more accessible from the Philippines, and the Filipino community can reunite with their families more often," said CEB general manager for long-haul division Alex Reyes.
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, there are over 260,000 Filipinos under employment in Qatar, which makes it home to the third largest Filipino community in the Middle East.
CEB will serve the route with its A330-300 aircraft, which it has configured with a total of 436 economy class seats in a single cabin layout. As expected from a low-cost business model, frills such as hot meals, seats with extra legroom and inflight wifi are available at a cost.
Flight numbers have yet to be confirmed, but the schedule will see the carrier depart Manila every Monday and Thursday at 2135, to arrive in Doha at 0245 the following day. Meanwhile, the return flight will leave Doha every Tuesday and Friday at 0415 and arrive back in Manila at 1835.
Introductory rates for the new route start at just PHP888 (US$19) before taxes, for sale until March 22. Regular fares will start at PHP9,488 (US$213).
For more information, visit cebupacificair.com