THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), will add one more daily flight to Hong Kong, its most popular international destination, starting Nov. 24. CEB’s Manila-Hong Kong service is set to offer five times daily flights.

CEB declared Hong Kong its strongest international destination, based on the number of passengers last year.

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CEB flew approximately 493,000 passengers in 2009, more than other Cebu Pacific international destinations, such as Singapore, Osaka, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta.

The airline currently operates four daily flights from Manila, and a daily service from both Cebu and Clark.

“The first international destination we flew to was Hong Kong in 2001. Since then, the demand for lower fares and even more flights and frequencies has resulted in very convenient flight schedules between Hong Kong and the Philippines,” said CEB vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

Because of this, CEB offers a seat sale from Aug. 20-22 or until seats last, for travel this Oct. 1-Nov. 30, 2010.

Those going from Manila and Cebu to Hong Kong, as well as from Manila to Macau, can avail themselves of P1,999 “Go Lite” seat sale fares. Meanwhile, those going from Clark to Hong Kong and Macau can avail themselves of P1,499 ‘Go Lite’ seats.

Select domestic destinations are also available for P888 “Go Lite” seat sale fares.

These are from Manila to Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Puerto Princesa and Zamboanga.

“CEB is also the biggest airline operating from the Philippines to Macau, with five times weekly flights from Manila and four times weekly flights from Clark. We plan to add two more Manila-Macau flights, making it a daily service, starting Oct. 31, 2010,” Iyog said.

The airline also flew the most passengers from the Philippines to Macau, flying

115,262 passengers in 2009, 64,533 more than other airlines.

Having flown over 45 million passengers since its inception in 1996, CEB flies to 14 other international destinations. These destinations are Brunei (starting Aug. 21), Beijing (starting Sept. 5), Guangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Osaka, Incheon and Pusan. (PR)