14 December 2016 – The Philippines’ flag-carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), launched yesterday at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel its four (4) times weekly Singapore-Cebu flights. The maiden flight is scheduled to take off from Singapore on 17 December 2016.
PH Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales congratulated PAL on its latest offering as it enables the airline company to further penetrate the Singaporean market, which currently sits as #1 in ASEAN and #5 in Asia in terms of tourist arrivals, as of January-August 2016.
“It is indeed a proud moment for us to see our flag-carrier flying high on Singaporean skies,” Ambassador Morales added.
According to Ms. Soleil P. Tropicales of the Department of Tourism’s Route Development, “The new Singapore-Cebu route comes at a time (when) our tourism industry continues to enjoy rapid and steady growth. For the first seven months of the year, more than three and a half million foreign visitors visited the country. This represents a growth rate of almost 14%, which is much bigger than the global average of 4 to 5% and even the Asia average of about 7 to 8%. I am sure that Cebu and the rest of Region VII had their fair share of these foreign visitor traffic due to new international air routes, which were directly mounted to Cebu by both international and local carriers since the beginning of the year.”
Filipino broadcast journalist from BBC, Rico Hizon, hosted the event, while pop balladeer Christian Bautista provided the musical entertainment during the launch dinner.