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Philippines woos Russians with planned new flights from Vladivostok and Khabarovsk

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 August 2015

As Russia pivots towards Asia, so do the tourism possibilities.

Cebu Pacific has applied for three weekly Manila-Vladivostok-Manila flights, newspaper The Manila Times reported on Monday Picture: Cebu Pacific

Airlines from the Philippines are seeking to tap into the Russian market after  a recently-inked new air services agreement between the two countries. Cebu Pacific has applied for three weekly Manila-Vladivostok-Manila flights, newspaper The Manila Times reported on Monday. The airline is seeking the same number of flights to Moscow. 

Zest Airways Inc (AirAsia Zest) separately applied for a routing Kalibo-Vladivostok-Kalibo four times a week. Philippine Airlines (PAL) has applied for three flights a week linking Manila and Khabarovsk, and four connecting Cebu and Khabarovsk.

It already operates between Manila and Vladivostok, and also between Kalibo and Vladivostok, and is seeking five weekly return flights between Manila and Moscow.

It aims to further develop the tourist and travel market, said the newspaper. 

The trend highlights that despite the fall in the value of the rouble - which has led to fewer Russians travelling to traditional Asian tourism destinations such as Thailand - the potential market is seen as strong. 

Thai Airways this year suspended its flights between Bangkok and Moscow. 

Philippines Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla said: 'While Russia is encountering difficulties, it's still a very strong market and people are travelling. It's a very lucrative market.'

Comments (3)

Lacsap, that may be true but the local men will not mind at all! *wink* *wink* *wink*
Big Bird , Manila, Philippines
01/09/2015 00:32
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Maybe you will get some Russian tourists, but you will loose all the US and European tourists.
When Russian comes the other will stay away.
Lacsap, Europe
26/08/2015 23:39
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From cold and chilly Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, a sojourn for a few weeks in the warm and sunny beaches of the Philippines should, surely, be most welcomed! As the slogan says: it is more fun in the Philippines!
E. Espinosa, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
25/08/2015 20:37
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