When I was in college, cost of flying from Cebu to Manila is around Php3000. I’m not sure of the exact figure, but for sure this price is less due to student’s discount. Though less than an hour flight, that was the time when they will provide you free snacks and newspaper on board. Sometimes, if I’m really on a tight budget, I will go for Superferry 12, the biggest ship that time traveling from Cebu to Manila. Ticket fare is less than Php 2000 with student’s discount and travel time is around 21 hours.
The price I mentioned was local airline fares. International flights definitely charge a lot, since the idea of budget airline is not born yet during those times. Due to the high fare, many cannot afford it. Even the local travel is quite expensive, people used to travel by ferry for half the price.
Now, with the introduction and popularity of budget airline, prices of local and international flights reduced dramatically. Who would expect that for the price of less than Php3000 you can get a round trip ticket to Singapore and Philippines? It was a dream for everyone that now becomes the reality. It is an idea that was brought to life because of competition. There are four budget airlines serving Singapore and Philippines namely Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific, Jet Star and Air Phil Express. Every month, most of them are selling ticket on sale. I found the Air Phil Express giving the most discounts. Lowest on sale ticket for other budget airlines usually cost around Php5000 compare to Php3000 that the Air Phil Express can give. Though quite new to the industry, they have proved their worth to provide good and quality services to all their customers. So far, I haven’t heard or read any negative rumors about them.
With this advancement, came the price for the local ferry. Airline ticket can be even cheaper than a ferry ticket. Time will come that our local ferry operators like WG&A will halt its operation. While this is a sad news, it is important to happen so every can assure of the best service available. It is the survival of the fittest, eliminating those who cannot adapt to the changing world.
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