Cebu Pacific's Inaugural Flight Touches Down At LCCT-KLIA
01 December 2006
SEPANG, 1 Dec - Cebu Pacific (CEB), the leading low-fare carrier of the Philippines today made its maiden flight to the KL International Airport's Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT-KLIA), making it the first fully foreign-owned low cost carrier to utilise the terminal since it opened in March this year.
Currently, the other airlines operating at LCCT-KLIA are Thai AirAsia and AWAIR with Malaysia's premier low cost carrier, AirAsia as the main airline.
Flight 5J 501 touched down at the LCCT-KLIA at 12.25am and the 150 passengers on board were greeted and presented souvenirs by YB Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, Deputy Minister of Transport accompanied by Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Othman, Chairman of Malaysia Airports, Y. Bhg. Dato Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports and His Excellency Victoriano M. Lecaros - Ambassador, Embassy of the Philippine.
Effective today, CEB operates four times weekly flights on the Manila-Kuala Lumpur-Manila route, utilising their brand-new A319 aircraft with 150 seats configuration. The Kuala Lumpur-Manila flights fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays while the Manila-Kuala Lumpur flights depart every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The flight departs from Kuala Lumpur at 1.10am and arrives in Manila at 5.00am while the Manila-Kuala Lumpur flight takes off at 8.55 pm and arrives at 12.25am.
CEB has successfully marketed its inaugural flight as both the incoming and outgoing maiden flights are fully booked, clearly indicating good passenger load and demand for the Manila-Kuala Lumpur route.
According to Dato Seri Bashir Ahmad: "We are very delighted to welcome Cebu Pacific to the LCCT-KLIA."
"This latest development is especially meaningful to us as the LCCT-KLIA was recently bestowed with CAPA's Low Cost Airport of the Year Award during the recent Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Aviation Excellence Award," he added.
Meanwhile, Lance Gokongwei, CEB president and CEO, said that the KUL - Manila service will further boost business and tourism between the two countries.
"Cebu Pacific will always offer the lowest fares to the destinations that we fly to, and now that we are bringing our trademark low fares to KL, we believe that we can stimulate travel which in turn benefits the economies of both Malaysia and the Philippines," Gokongwei said.
"We are also proud to be the only Filipino carrier operating on this route and we are especially gratified to utilise the LCCT-KLIA, as although the terminal services Low Fare Airlines, it does not compromise on its facilities and safety measures," added Gokongwei.
The airline launched its Kuala Lumpur - Manila service with a seat sale fare of only RM99 one-way, a price cut of almost 90% from the current fares for this route. This promotion ran from October 11 to 18 only and is good for travel from December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2007. The best way to purchase seats is through CEB's website (www.cebupacificair.com). The promotional fare is exclusive of surcharges and government tax.
CEB has the newest fleet in the Philippines and one of the newest in Asia, with a fleet age of less than 10 months, and operates 12 brand new Airbus aircraft to service its regional and domestic routes.
Now in its 11th year of operations, CEB pioneered low fares in the Philippines in March 1996 and now has a domestic market share of over 40%. The airline services 20 domestic Philippine destinations and also flies to Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Pusan in South Korea and continues to set the standards for airline innovation in the Philippine aviation industry. The airline's tagline is "It's time everyone flies".