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Filipino airline to offer Middle East flights “50% cheaper than market”

Lowest year-round fares between Manila and Doha will start at $189

Filipino airline to offer Middle East flights “50% cheaper than market”
Cebu Pacific Air. (Getty Images)

The Philippines’ largest low-cost carrier has launched new flights to the Middle East priced 50 cheaper lower than other airlines.

Cebu Pacific Air wants to capture the overseas Filipino workers market in the Middle East and has announced new twice weekly direct flights between Manila and Doha starting June 4.

The promotional fare until March 22 is up to 95 percent lower than fares offered by other airlines, the company said in a press release this week. Travel date is from June 4 to December 31.

After the seat sale, its lowest year-round fares between Manila and Doha will start at QR688 ($189), which is approximately 50 percent lower than other airlines.

Alex Reyes, general manager, long-haul, at Cebu Pacific Air, said: “It is CEB’s priority to maintain a strong presence in the [Middle East] region, where we are able to reach a large population of Filipino communities.”

There are approximately 200,000 Filipinos working in Qatar, he added. Cebu Pacific Air already operates direct flights from Manila to Dubai, Riyadh and Kuwait.

Reyes said the airline realised it can stimulate traffic flows between the Philippines and the Middle East by making the fares more affordable.

However, it was reported that no free meals will be served on the 9½ -hour flight between Doha and Manila.

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