We finally have a direct flight from Bangkok to Cebu! While in the process of planning our itinerary for the summer holiday with our travel agent I wondered again if there was a shorter and quicker way to get home without going through Manila. We checked Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Air, and Silk Air or Singapore Airlines, which have direct international flights to Cebu from Kuala Lumpur/Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong, and Singapore. But the only international flights out of Islamabad to Southeast Asia are through Bangkok and Dubai. Under different circumstances we would love to spend a few days in Bangkok. But we’re traveling with a baby who will be meeting his relatives in both sides of the family, that is, in the Philippines and United States. So we’re looking at traveling from Islamabad to Cebu (with an overnight boat to Surigao) and then to Seattle and back to Islamabad.
So here’s the good news. Cebu Pacific Air, a low-cost airline, now flies to Bangkok. It also flies from Manila, Clark, Cebu, and Davao to Kota Kinabalu, Hanoi, Ho Chih Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Macau, Seoul, Pusan, Kota Kinabalu, and Jakarta. I hope this company will remain in business so we can enjoy their low fares. I don’t have a problem with Philippine Airlines; I just hate going through Manila because it adds an extra day when I travel to my hometown in northern Mindanao.