Amidst public demand for direct non-stop flights from Asian destinations to the Central Visayas, home of the white sands of Cebu, in the Philippines, Philippine Airlines will be opening a thrice weekly Cebu-Bangkok-Cebu service starting 2 December, 2017.

The new flights will serve the route utilising PAL’s 199-seater Airbus A321 which offers Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes of service. Free baggage allowance, Wi-Fi connectivity, inflight entertainment and new inflight meals are among the offerings passengers will enjoy on board the 3.45 hour journey.

PR578 (CEB-BKK) departs Mactan, Cebu at 9:25pm every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday and arrives in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12:10am local time. Return flight PR579 (BKK-CEB) leaves Bangkok at 1:30am local time every Wednesday/Friday/Sunday and touches down at 6:15am.  Cebu to Bangkok fares start from £134 one-way including taxes.

Travellers from Thailand now gain a convenient direct link to ‘The Queen City of the South’ and can connect to any of the following Philippine destinations flies to from Cebu, namely: Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan, Caticlan, Davao, Camiguin, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Siargao and Tacloban. From Cebu, visitors may also take PAL flights to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Singapore, Chengdu and Beijing (Peking).

The Central Visayas consists of the two major island provinces of Cebu and Bohol, the latter of which is home to the famous Chocolate Hills and the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella. As the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, Cebu has some of the country’s most iconic heritage spots. Visitors can retrace historic journeys, play golf, hike mountain trails and laze on pristine white sands or dive on exotic coral reefs.

Philippine Airlines, Asia’s first airline and the country flag carrier, operates an extensive route network of 46 international destinations spanning across Asia, Australia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Non-stop daily flights from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Manila connect passengers to 32 domestic destinations in the Philippines and beyond. PAL is the Philippines’ only full service carrier, with luxurious cabin amenities, inflight entertainment and connectivity and sumptuous inflight dishes. In 2016, PAL crafted a new corporate vision – to be a five-star airline. In support of this goal, a new brand philosophy was unveiled, embodying warm and caring service that can only come from the Heart of the Filipino.

*Book by 25 October for return fares Bangkok-Cebu starting from £145 and £134 for Cebu-Bangkok.