Cebu Pacific will be flying direct to Incheon (Seoul), South Korea from Kalibo, Aklan effective October 1, 2016. The carrier will offer a daily flight between Kalibo and Incheon, using its 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. The flight will depart Kalibo every day at 1:50am, and arrive in Incheon at 7:10am. The return flight will depart Incheon at 7:55am, and arrive in Kalibo at 11:15am on the same day.
“Cebu Pacific gears toward bringing travellers for business and leisure to magnificent countries at the lowest fare in the market. The new Kalibo-Incheon route opens opportunities for passengers to explore must-see places in Incheon such as Wolmi-Do Island, Landing Memorial Hall and Jeondeungsa Temple, among others. We will remain committed to exploring more routes to cater to more passengers and to beef up economic, trade and tourism in this destination,” says Atty. JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Corporate Affairs.
The Korean market remains one of the most important for Cebu Pacific. The airline already offers daily flights to Incheon from Manila and Cebu as well as four times a week between Manila and Busan. The airline recently announced that it flew over 10 million passengers from January to June this year, with South Korea as one of its largest short haul international markets.
South Korea is Philippines largest incoming market. Between January and December 2015 Korean travellers to the archipelago reached a new record with 1.34 million visitors, the first country market to passed the 1.3 million mark. Korea accounted in 2015 for 25% of the country’s total international arrivals. In 2015, Korean arrivals grew significantly by almost 14%. From January to April, South Korean travellers were up by 6.5% over the same period of 2014.
Cebu Pacific offers flights to 36 domestic and 30 international destinations, covering an extensive network that spans Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Its 57-strong fleet is comprised of seven Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, the carrier expects delivery of 32 Airbus A321neo, 2 Airbus A330, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.