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One of Cebu Pacific’s ATR aircraft. Photo from the Cebu Pacific website.

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will soon start its regular commercial flights between Manila and Marinduque as part of the expansion of its domestic footprint.

The Manila-Marinduque route will be operated by subsidiary Cebgo using its fleet of brand-new ATR aircraft.

Flights between Manila and Marinduque will start on April 1, 2019 and will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Terminal) in Manila.

“We are excited to begin operations in one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines—Marinduque,” Cebgo chief executive officer Alexander Lao said in a statement.

“It takes only about an hour to fly between Manila and Marinduque—in contrast to the eight hour trip by ferry and land today. Regular flights will allow business to prosper and the island’s tourism sector to boom,” Lao added.

To travel between Manila and Marinduque, residents, tourists and entrepreneurs currently have to spend up to four hours by land from Manila to Dalahican Port in Lucena, then take a three- to four-hour roll-on/roll-off ferry ride to the island-province. When the sea is rough or a storm signal is raised, ferry services are grounded, sometimes for several days.

“It was a long and tedious process to bring about this route. We are thankful for the collaboration and cooperation of various government agencies for the completion of the runway and terminal facilities at the Marinduque Airport,” said Marinduque representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco.

“We are optimistic that with larger aircraft and regular flights, tourists will have greater access to Marinduque and harness its potential as a world-class eco-tourism destination. We look forward to partnering with Cebu Pacific and other stakeholders as we strive for progress in Marinduque through sustainable tourism,” he further said.

Marinduque is the site of the Moriones Festival, held annually during Holy Week. The festival reenacts the story of Longinus, the Roman centurion who pierced the crucified Jesus Christ with a spear, and who eventually converted to Christianity. Aside from the popular festival, the heart-shaped province also boasts of pristine white sand beaches and small neighboring islands teeming with marine life.

Marinduque, often mentioned as an idyllic destination for a tropical getaway by travel writers, is the 37th domestic destination of Cebu Pacific. Aside from Marinduque, Cebu Pacific also operates flights to up-and-coming tourist destinations such as Masbate, Siargao, Camiguin and Virac.

Cebu Pacific operates flights out of seven other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) and Davao. The combined Cebu Pacific and Cebgo network covers a total of 37 domestic and 26 international destinations and over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States.

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