Additional flights not in the pipeline for now

ALTHOUGH there are no plans to mount flights to new local destinations yet, SilkAir vowed to help the country increase its tourism arrivals this year.

SilkAir’s focus, according to its country manager Jake Jeow, is for the airline to offer excellent travel service to Filipinos. He said that with the appointment of the country’s new tourism secretary, they remain committed to support the industry by building passenger traffic in destinations they currently serve.

SilkAir is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. It flies to Cebu, Davao, and Kalibo from its hub in Singapore.

According to Jeow, the company has not yet made plans to add more flights to the Philippines, but he noted that if they see demand exceeds their target, the company may consider this.

However, at present, the airline is keen on increasing its passenger traffic both ways.

To build traffic, the airline on Tuesday announced their promotion fares valid for all MasterCard credit cards from July 7 to 31 for travel from July 12 until March 2017.

“The landscape of Cebu is becoming competitive. It is for this reason we always look for ways to entice our clients to choose us. We will continue to explore more destinations here but more importantly, expand our market,” said Jeow.

All-inclusive return airfares start from $190 to Singapore, $600 to Australia, $850 to Europe, $950 to New Zealand, and $950 to the United States. The airline said these promotional fares are available for all other destinations and include exclusive discounts for economy, premium economy, and business class fares.

Moreover, KrisFlyer members who use their MasterCard credit cards to purchase tickets during the promotional period are qualified to win a pair of return business class tickets to Dusseldorf, Germany or a pair of return premium economy class tickets to Cape Town, South Africa, as well as complimentary package of hotel accommodation, hotel transfers, a guided tour and fine dining.

All passengers who transit in Singapore are also eligible for a SGD$20 Changi Dollar voucher, exclusive to SilkAir and Singapore Airlines passengers. Exclusive discounts on hotel stays, car rentals, restaurants, boutiques, shopping malls and other tourist attractions are also available when they present their SilkAir or Singapore Airlines boarding pass at participating outlets within a month of their travel date.

SilkAir flies from Cebu 12 times weekly.

SilkAir’s network operates 407 weekly flights to 49 destinations in 13 countries. Its network will increase to 51 destinations when Vientiane and Luang Prabang commence operations in October 2016.

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