Sunlight Air Takes Flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) warmly welcomed Sunlight Air as its inaugural flight took off this morning, April 3, 2024. Government and tourism officials graced the occasion, signifying their support for this significant milestone for both Sunlight Air and MCIA.


Following a series of speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a cake-cutting celebration, the festive atmosphere continued as Sunlight Air ground staff distributed welcome leis to passengers boarding the ATR 72-500 bound for Siargao. The flight departed at 9:30 AM, receiving a traditional send-off from MCIA complete with a water cannon salute.


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Sunlight Air Takes Flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport


Offering flights from Cebu to key destinations including Manila, Cagayan De Oro, Coron, Iloilo, and Siargao, Sunlight Air’s launch of Cebu-based routes aligns perfectly with MCIA’s vision of establishing itself as the primary gateway to tourism in the Philippines. This partnership not only strengthens domestic connectivity but also opens doors for international tourists seeking to explore the Philippines, thereby significantly boosting tourism in the country.


Athanasios Titonis, CEO of Aboitiz GMCAC (AGMCAC), the operator of MCIA, highlights the significant impact of Sunlight’s inclusion in its airline portfolio on tourism development in Central and Southern Philippines. “We firmly believe there’s ample opportunity to enhance tourism, extending beyond Cebu to neighboring provinces. The introduction of Sunlight Air will play a crucial role in propelling tourism growth in these areas. With the convenience of Cebu Connect, both domestic and international travelers can seamlessly transition between journeys, ensuring a delightful exploration of the Philippines.”


Ryna Brito-Garcia, CEO of Sunlight Air shares “We are thrilled to be able to connect Cebuanos to more beautiful island destinations in the Philippines and provide quality travel experiences to our passengers while we’re at it. At Sunlight Air, we believe in an airline experience that embodies our signature Filipino style of hospitality and efficiency. We thank the MCIA for welcoming us and we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and spur domestic tourism in the Philippines”.


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