UPDATED April 5, 2016 – A legacy airline has recently inaugurated daily nonstop flights between Cebu and Taipei, offering the first business class seats between the two cities.
EVA Air on Easter Sunday launched a daily flight where the Airbus 321-200s leaves Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport at 7:10 am and arrives in Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 10:05 am. The flight returns from Mactan-Cebu at 11:05 am and lands back in Taoyuan at 2:00 pm.
The journey is less than three hours.
Before March 27, low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air was the only airline serving the route.
EVA Air expects to tap a customer base that prefers the comfort enjoyed in a legacy airline such as business class seats and inflight meals and entertainment.
By linking Cebu with Taipei, the airline also wants to position Taiwan as a hub to the U.S. and Canada especially that it would increase frequency in Houston to daily flights and New York to twice-daily all by year-end.
Meanwhile, EVA Air says it will add another flight between Taipei and Manila in July, making its service to 20 flights weekly.
Correction: We clarified that business class amenities on the photo are for long haul routes only. Meanwhile, the new frequency between Taipei and Manila has been corrected.