The sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Philippines are much easier to reach from Australia now according to the Philippines Department of Tourism. This is thanks to an increase in direct flights to the country from major Australian cities, the recent opening of a new international airport in Bohol as well as the addition of a second terminal at Cebu International Airport.
Cebu Pacific launched a new Melbourne to Manila route in August 2018, which now runs three times a week. The airline also runs five weekly flights from Sydney to Manila. Qantas has increased its Sydney to Manila route, now offering seven weekly flights. Philippines Airlines (PAL) offers daily flights from Melbourne to Manila, four weekly from Brisbane, and from 31 March 2019 will offer nine weekly flights from Sydney.
The new Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) opened its doors in November 2018 and is expected to welcome over 2 millions visitors in its first 12 months. BPIA boasts the title of being the first eco-friendly airport in the country. It was designed and constructed to comply with long-term environmental considerations. Eco-friendly measures implemented in the airport include a solar power system that will soon supply all of the airport’s energy needs as well as an expansive rainwater catchment system.
International traffic through Mactan Cebu International Airport has more than doubled in the past four years, which has lead to the opening of Terminal 2. The terminal even has the capacity to accommodate another doubling of traffic.
It’s no wonder the country is preparing for such a deluge of visitors to its lush islands. There’s so much to see and do in the paradisiacal region, from simply lazing on the beach, sampling the local cuisine, enjoying city life in Manila and much more.
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 tourism in 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 on to 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.