By Nathalie Craig28 Feb 2018Cebu Pacific is launching a brand new direct service between Melbourne and Manila this August, and to celebrate the airline is holding a super hot flash sale. The thrice weekly service starting August 14 will be the low cost carrier’s second destination in Australia following the launch of its direct Sydney to Manila route in 2014. A seat sale for the Melbourne to Manila route will run from NOW until Saturday, March 3, valid for travel from August 14 until October 31, 2018. The special promo fare for the Melbourne launch starts at just $109 each way. Talk about a bargain! After the seat sale, year-round fares between Melbourne and Manila will lead in as low as $328. Cebu Pacific cites this as being about 50% to 60% lower than existing airlines with the carrier the only budget airline flying directly between Australia and the Philippines. The new service will be operated on board a 436-seat Airbus A300-330. Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said he was delighted to kick start the year welcoming another new international airline. “We are thrilled to secure Cebu Pacific Air at Melbourne Airport in a move that creates more choice and frequency for travellers flying to and from the Philippines and beyond,” he said. “There is significant traveller demand in the route especially in the visiting friends and relatives market, as well as the growing business traveller market segment.” Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy. With thousands of islands, pristine beaches and marine biodiversity, the Philippines is gaining popularity among Australian travellers as a holiday destination. Tickets are now on sale for the non-stop service. READ: Cebu Pacific hopes to broaden Australian network – perhaps with direct flights from Cebu? READ: Cebu Pacific adds services from Sydney Have you ever heard of a flight this cheap from Australia to the Philippines? Other stories you may like LIFE CHANGING ROLE: Global Connections Officer for the most creative travel product on Earth AirAsia to Newcastle & Toowoomba? Airline boss says it could happen The TIME network gets all Intrepid in Melbourne. Again.