Three air carriers from mainland China are scheduled to launch within October regular flights directly to Cebu, according to GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), developer of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).
China Eastern and Juneyao Airlines will fly from Shanghai Pudong International Airport direct to Cebu, while Okay Airways will launch thrice weekly flights from Xi’an City to Cebu starting October 30, GMCAC said in a statement.
This will bring the number of international destinations from Cebu to 18, from 7 in 2014.
“Promoting the province and its surrounding areas to other Asian countries, especially China, is among our highest priorities,” GMCAC president Louie Ferrer said.
China Eastern will have seven weekly flights in its first run from October 18 to October 28. It will resume operations on January 18, 2018.
Juneyao Airlines, meanwhile, will begin thrice weekly flights starting October 30.
GMCAC said Juneyao Airlines and Okay Airways are MCIA’s newest Chinese airline partners.
The airport operator added that new routes to Beijing and Bangkok are expected to be launched within the next two months.
By end-October, MCIA will serve a total of 18 international destinations and 35 domestic destinations.
“We have seen outstanding results from our destination marketing initiatives these past 3 years but this is only the beginning. We are looking to promote Cebu to other untapped markets and this includes other provinces in China. Australia and other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand are also high on our list,” Ferrer said.
He added that they are targeting new flights to North Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. MCIA will also open more domestic flights later in the year.
GMCAC took over operations of MCIA on November 1, 2014. At the time, MCIA had only seven international and 23 domestic destinations.