Cebu Pacific to begin Manila-Shenzhen flights on July 1

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific will launch direct flights from Manila to the Chinese city of Shenzhen in July, citing "increasing demand for leisure and business travel."

In a statement on Monday, June 10, the budget carrier announced that its Manila-Shenzhen route will have flights 4 times a week – every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – beginning July 1.

"At only two hours and 40 minutes' flying time, the evening departure of the flights will enable travelers to make full use of business hours, both in Manila and in Shenzhen," Cebu Pacific said.

The airline is holding a seat sale for the new route from Monday to Tuesday, June 11, with a base fare of as low as P1. The travel period is from July 1 to October 26 this year.

Cebu Pacific said Shenzhen is its 5th destination in mainland China, and its 27th international destination. (READ: Cebu Pacific expects to 'keep fares low' with 12 new aircraft in 2019)

"We want to provide our travelers a viable option to reach some of the most crucial commercial centers in the world. Our new direct service between Manila and Shenzhen will enable faster movement of people and products," said Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

Cebu Pacific and its subsidiary Cebgo currently fly to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations, with over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States.

The airline had enforced dozens of flight cancellations in April and May, however, citing "an unprecedented level of disruption" to its operations. (READ: DOTr to Cebu Pacific: Submit plan to prevent mass flight cancellations)

President Rodrigo Duterte conducted a "surprise inspection" at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Monday, and promised to find a solution to flight cancellations and delays within a month. – Rappler.com