By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY — The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) welcomed the arrival of Jeju Air’s inaugural direct flight from Daegu International Airport to Cebu with 173 passengers that arrived at 11:15pm last September 17, 2019.
MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) president Louie Ferrer was glad to welcome Jeju Air’s inaugural flight from Daegu and we thank them for expanding their network in Cebu.
“We are thrilled to grow our network in MCIA because we see Cebu as a bustling city, yet it still has many scenic tourist spots which entices the Korean travelers,” Jeju Air station manager Keunwoo Lee said.
Ferrer added that MCIA continues to work on opening more connections to Cebu from our Asian neighbours and Cebu’s central location is highly strategic, with most domestic tourist destinations only an hour’s flying time or less.
“Our goal is to establish MCIA as a hub for flights to the Philippines and even other Asian countries,” Ferrer said.
Jeju Air started the operation of its direct service from MCIA to Daegu on September 18, 2019 at 01:15 a.m. The carrier operates the Cebu-Daegu route four times weekly every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. For this route, Jeju Air uses Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 189 all-economy seats.
Daegu is the fourth destination in South Korea operated by Jeju Air. Currently, Jeju Air also flies to Incheon, Pusan, and Muan.
Korean low-cost carrier T’Way Air also operates a Cebu-Daegu direct service which started in December 2016.
Currently, Mactan-Cebu International Airport is connected to 28 domestic destinations and 23 international destinations with 9 Philippine-based and 17 foreign airline partners, Ferrer said.