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More flights, new terminal and int'l airport for Philippines

Aussies more connected to SE Asian nation than ever

Following an unprecedented rise in travellers to the region, The Philippines Department of Tourism has announced an increase in direct flights to the Philippines from major Australian cities, as well as the recent opening of a new, state-of-the-art and eco-friendly international airport in Bohol, and the addition of a second terminal at Cebu International Airport.


Boho Airport (Image Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News)


Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand said,


“The Philippines is already seeing the start of what we expect will be a bumper year for tourismin the region, with the local travel industry preparing for its biggest year to date, estimating an unprecedented number of international travellers to our shores in 2019 and beyond.


Located just a short 8-9 hour flight away from Australia, the Philippines is making its way onto people’s bucket list of places to visit in 2019, and this significant increase in flight frequency between the Philippines and Australia, across both countries’ premier airlines is a direct result of consumer demand for greater connectivity to the region.” said Ms Reyes.


A total of 48,064 passengers travelled between Manila, Melbourne and Sydney on direct connections mounted by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Qantas in November 2018, up 31.3% year-on-year1. Cebu Pacific launched a new Melbourne route in August 2018, and now has three weekly flights from Melbourne to Manila, plus five weekly flights from Sydney to Manila. Qantas has also introduced a seventh weekly flight on its Sydney to Manila route, whilst PAL offers daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Manila, along with four weekly flights from Brisbane to Manila. From 31 March 2019, PAL will also offer 9 weekly flights from Sydney to Manila.


Cebu Airport (Image Mark Harada)


“Over the last four years, The Philippines has become more and more popular with Australian visitors, and the inclusion of major airlines expanding their flight to the region is a true reflection of this. Australians have never been so connected to our archipelago paradise!” said Ms. Reyes.


Catering for this increase in travellers is the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), which opened its doors in November 2018, and is expected to welcome more than two million visitors in its first 12 months. BPIA is the Philippines’ first eco-friendly airport, and has been designed and constructed with long-term environmental considerations in mind, including a solar power system that will soon supply all of the airports energy needs, and an expansive rainwater catchment system.


In addition, the recent launch of Terminal 2 at Mactan Cebu International Airport has well and truly secured the region as an international gateway. The new terminal is being used for international traffic, which has more than doubled over the past four years, and has the capacity to accommodate another doubling of international traffic.


For more information, visit Tourism Philippines at


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Published: 25 March 2019

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