Cebu Pacific Air's first flight to Doha touched down at 2:45 a.m. (7:45 a.m. Manila time) on June 5, making it the first and only Philippine airline to land in the capital city of Qatar.
The day before, the airline launched its twice weekly non-stop flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, with lowest year-round fares starting at PHP9,488, approximately 60% lower than other airlines.
“We look forward to offering Cebu Pacific’s trademark low fares to travelers in Doha, especially since we are the only low-cost carrier operating this route. With our expanding network, Qatar becomes more accessible from the Philippines, and the Filipino community can reunite with their families more often,” said CEB General Manager for Long-Haul Division Alex Reyes.
The non-stop service departs Manila every Monday and Thursday at 9:35pm, arriving in Doha at 2:45am the next day. The return flight departs Doha every Tuesday and Friday at 4:15am, arriving in Manila at 6:35pm.
This new route utilizes CEB’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. Hot meals, seats with extra legroom and Wi-Fi onboard, among others, are options that can be added to the fare.
CEB also offers fast and convenient same-terminal connecting flights for guests taking advantage of CEB’s extensive Philippine network.
Wilfredo C. Santos, the Philippine Ambassador to Qatar commented on the occasion saying, “Cebu Pacific’s presence in Qatar will not only benefit the more than 200,000 Filipinos, but also both Qataris and the country’s flourishing expat population who will now be more enticed to visit the Philippines with its affordable rates. We are hoping to tap Cebu Pacific as the Embassy’s partner in promoting the Philippine tourism in Qatar”.
“Hamad International Airport is pleased to have added one more airline to its operations and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cebu Pacific Air on its growth and success,” said Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at Hamad International Airport. “As the gateway into Qatar and to the rest of the world, we are glad to have the opportunity to facilitate easy and convenient passage to the Philippines,” he concluded.
Qatar has the third-largest Filipino community in the Middle East. CEB already serves the other two key markets for Global Filipinos: United Arab Emirates via direct flights to Dubai, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Riyadh. CEB is also the only airline flying direct between Manila and Kuwait.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call CEB reservation hotlines at +632-7020-888 or +6332-230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official @CebuPacificAir Facebook and Twitter pages.