Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Thusday said it launched its Kalibo-Hong Kong and Manila-Xiamen international routes in line with its commitment to boost Philippines tourism.“We are proud to offer these convenient linkages for Chinese and Hong Kong tourists to the Philippines, allowing them the fastest access to Boracay and Manila on the lowest fares,” the airline said, citing Candice Iyog, its vice president for marketing and distribution

“The Philippines is truly more accessible now to more foreign travelers of varied economic backgrounds, because of a very extensive network that only Cebu Pacific can offer,” she added.

CEB sent off its maiden Kalibo-Hong flight at 2:35 p.m. in Kalibo, arriving in Hong Kong at 5:05 p.m.

After a send-off program in Hong Kong, the maiden return flight will leave Hong Kong at 5:50 p.m. and arrive in Kalibo at 8:20pm.

The airline also celebrated its maiden Manila-Xiamen flight with a send-off program. It left Manila at 11:20 p.m. and arrived in Xiamen at 1:35 p.m.

The return flight will leave Xiamen at 2:25 a.m. and arrive in Manila at 4:40 a.m.

Both routes are thrice weekly services. Year-round fares for both these routes start at P2,499.

CEB also flies to Manila daily from Shanghai, thrice weekly from Guangzhou, and four times weekly from Beijing. CEB also operates six daily flights from Hong Kong to Cebu, Clark and Manila, as well as daily flights from Macau to Manila and up to four times weekly flights from Macau to Clark.

The airline launched its Manila-Hanoi flights last March 17, and will launch its Manila-Siem Reap flights on April 19.

Iyog said guests can book hotel deals through CEB’s partnership with, the Asia-based online hotel reservations company that specializes in discount hotel prices with a network of more than 160,000 hotels worldwide.

The airline said it had flown over 60 million passengers in its 16th year of operations.