LONDON – The Philippines’ most popular low-cost airline Cebu Pacific will restart flights to Brunei from Manila, the Philippines.
As the post-pandemic travel recovery gains pace in South East Asia continues, Cebu Pacific resumes flights to the oil-rich nation of Brunei Darussalam. The Manila – Brunei flight will begin to fly twice weekly every Thursday and Saturday.
The flight will carry flight number 5J409. The outbound flight is scheduled to depart Brunei from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 7:10 PM and is expected to arrive in Brunei by 9:40 PM.
The inbound flight will carry flight number 5J410 which will leave Brunei at 10:30 PM and arrive back in the Philippines at 12:50 the next day.
Xander Lao, CEB Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are delighted to keep boosting our international flight frequencies as we continuously see strong demand for air travel.”
“We are especially happy to bring this route back after a two-year hiatus as we know many of our kababayans are looking forward to visiting their family and friends – whether in Brunei or back home in the Philippines.”
‘Kababayans’ are overseas working Filipinos.
Brunei is one of the least visited countries in ASEAN or South East Asia. The oil-rich nation has one of the best natures in the region, is located in Borneo, populated with thick rainforests and orangutans.
The country also offers off-the-beaten-path adventurous experiences, such as trekking, hiking, ATV rides, watersports, camping, or a wellness retreat experience.
Being a relatively young country, travellers can experience the country’s history through its famed artistic public spaces throughout the old quarters of the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan.
The flight to Brunei is very important for kababayans as there is a huge Filipino community residing in the oil-rich nation, working as domestic workers, nurses and teachers. Therefore, the resuming of flights from Cebu Pacific to Brunei is a lifeline for these overseas workers.
The Bruneian government has made travel to the country easier than ever after 2 years of strict border controls. Travellers coming to Brunei are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test, but only proof of covid-19 vaccination. This has spurred demand for the tiny island nation drastically.
About Cebu Pacific
Cebu Pacific is one of the Philippines’ most successful privately run airlines. Cebu Pacific’s fleet consists of an all-Airbus fleet with 51 in total. Narrow-body makes up the majority of the fleet composition with 8 additional wide-body A330s used for destinations in East Asia and the Middle East.
The airline has an additional 48 aircraft on order, comprising the A321XLR, A320NEOm the A321NEO and the A330-9NEO. The airline is one of the most efficient operators in the country.